An early reader of this portrait of Samuel Jesse Battle harkened back to the Old Testament, verse three of Psalm 106: “Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!” Continue Reading →
The old newspaper clippings will tell you that the Harlem Riot of 1943 was sparked by a woman named Margie Polite who forgot her manners. Continue Reading →
Author/historian Greg Thomas continues his provocative look into the worlds of Alain Locke, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, four of the most innovative and original literary voices to emerge out of the Harlem of the 1920’s. Continue Reading →
Prolific poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist Langston Hughes is considered one of the fathers of jazz poetry, a literary art form that emerged in the 1920s and eventually became the foundation for modern hip-hop.