Category: HISTORY

New Director of Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Named — Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

New Director of Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Named — Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced today that Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a scholar of African-American history from Indiana University, has been selected as the next Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, effective July 2011. Dr. Muhammad will succeed Howard Dodson Jr., who last year announced his plan to retire [...]

November 17, 2010 | 1 Comment More
FILM: Neshoba — The Price of Freedom

FILM: Neshoba — The Price of Freedom

It was June 1964, the beginning of the Freedom Summer — the height of the Civil Rights movement — when a mob of Klansmen in Neshoba County, Mississippi murdered three civil rights workers: two Jews from New York and an African-American from Mississippi. It took 41 years for the state to convict one man, Edgar [...]

August 13, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Harlem Mart 125 — Film Screening & Discussion Tonight at the National Black Theatre

Harlem Mart 125 — Film Screening & Discussion Tonight at the National Black Theatre

August 3, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Dorothy Height Interview and Profile [Video]

Dorothy Height Interview and Profile [Video]

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April 20, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Dorothy Height, Matriarch of the Civil Rights Movement Dies

Dorothy Height, Matriarch of the Civil Rights Movement Dies

Dorothy I. Height, 98, a founding matriarch of the American civil rights movement whose crusade for racial justice and gender equality spanned more than six decades, died early Tuesday morning of natural causes, a spokesperson for the National Council of Negro Women said. Ms. Height was among the coalition of African American leaders who pushed [...]

April 20, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Tavis Smiley Reports From Riverside Church in Harlem — Martin Luther King: A Call to Conscience

Tavis Smiley Reports From Riverside Church in Harlem — Martin Luther King: A Call to Conscience

One year before he was assassinated, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered a speech in the Nave at The Riverside Church in Harlem, challenging the morality of the Vietnam conflict and urging a national discussion about the role of America in the world. Talk show host Tavis Smiley, examines Dr. King’s famous “Beyond Vietnam” speech in [...]

March 30, 2010 | 1 Comment More
Paterson Scandal Scars a Piece of Harlem History

Paterson Scandal Scars a Piece of Harlem History

David A. Paterson was the great hope of Harlem’s Gang of Four. He was the instrument by which an extraordinary political quartet nurtured since professional infancy by the legendary Democratic leader J. Raymond Jones would impart their legacy to a younger generation of New York politicians. That hope died with a thud on Friday. David [...]

March 1, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Harlem Power Broker, Media Mogul and History Maker Percy Sutton Dead at 89

Harlem Power Broker, Media Mogul and History Maker Percy Sutton Dead at 89

Percy Sutton, the pioneering civil rights attorney who represented Malcolm X before launching successful careers as a political power broker and media mogul, died Saturday at age 89. Marissa Shorenstein, a spokeswoman for Gov. David Paterson, confirmed Sutton’s death. She did not know the cause. His daughter, Cheryl Sutton, declined to comment when reached by [...]

December 27, 2009 | 3 Comments More
Michael Jackson Memorial Program

Michael Jackson Memorial Program

Mourners at the Michael Jackson’s memorial service were handed received programs filled with triumphant photos and emotional tributes to the late singer.

July 9, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Michael Jackson Public Memorial Service at the Staples Center

Michael Jackson Public Memorial Service at the Staples Center

Updated: Full Video Below According to Billboard.com, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Usher and Stevie Wonder are among the confirmed participants at Tuesday’s public memorial service for Michael Jackson at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The announcement by Jackson family via spokesman Ken Sunshine also named Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Martin [...]

July 7, 2009 | 1 Comment More
Michael Jackson King of Pop — RIP 1958-2009

Michael Jackson King of Pop — RIP 1958-2009

Wikipedia on Michael Jackson *** Stay tuned as we bring you tributes from Around Harlem, Around NYC and Around the world on the life of Michael Jackson.

June 25, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Latino Differences Muted in Sotomayor Celebration

Latino Differences Muted in Sotomayor Celebration

Over the past 20 years, Jorge Ayala has seen the transformation here in “El Barrio”: abandoned storefronts turned into chain stores, public schools became bilingual, Mexicans moved in next to Puerto Ricans, and Spanish Harlem changed from ghetto into destination. The change in Ayala’s neighborhood reflects the growth of Latinos in America, who celebrated a [...]

June 3, 2009 | 1 Comment More
Black Dance: Tradition and Transformation

Black Dance: Tradition and Transformation

In celebration of the enormous contributions of women in the arts 651 ARTS dedicates its 20th Anniversary Season to women artists of African descent. The season concludes with a program featuring performances by some of the most influential Black contemporary dancer/choreographers in history: Germaine Acogny, Carmen de Lavallade, Dianne McIntyre, Bebe Miller and Jawole Willa [...]

May 22, 2009 | 2 Comments More
Cinco de Mayo — What Are People Really Celebrating?

Cinco de Mayo — What Are People Really Celebrating?

Michelle Obama watches schoolchildren dance while attending a Hispanic Heritage event at the Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) Public Charter School in celebration of Cinco de Mayo ***** Last night I had a conversation with Kitty Bradshaw about celebrating Cinco de Mayo. She also mentioned that she wouldn’t be going to work on Wednesday. I asked [...]

May 5, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Mama I Want to Sing — The Movie

Mama I Want to Sing — The Movie

The off-Broadway gospel stage musical Mama I Want To Sing! comes to the big screen this fall. The majority of the film has been made but filming will continue throughout Harlem during the month of May. The all star cast includes Ciara, Lynn Whitfield, Billy Zane, Hill Harper, Kim Porter, Ben Vereen, Patti LaBelle, Kevin [...]

April 27, 2009 | 0 Comments More
A History of Black Republicans — 1854 to 1932

A History of Black Republicans —
1854 to 1932

The Harlem Republican Club invites the public to RSVP for its next talk entitled “A History of Black Republicans — 1854 to 1932“. The event will be presented by Claude Sharrieff-Frazier. The event is free but you must RSVP to attend. Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009 @ 6:30 pm Location: Harlem Republican Club, 309 West [...]

April 7, 2009 | 1 Comment More
Press n’ Curl in Harlem

Press n’ Curl in Harlem

One of the features of our Around-NYC.com website is the Ask & Answer section. Since starting AroundHarlem.com we have been asked hundreds of questions about Harlem and NYC. I’ve tried to answer as many as time permitted. Some times I know the answers, some times I don’t. This is where you come in. I’ll periodically [...]

March 28, 2009 | 0 Comments More
A Look Back — The NAACP Celebrates Its 100th Anniversay

A Look Back — The NAACP Celebrates Its 100th Anniversay

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) celebrated their 100th Anniversary recently with a series of celebratory gatherings through out the country. The celebrations, complete with birthday cakes, were held on the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. The centennial celebration was particularly special as it came weeks after the nation’s first Black President [...]

March 27, 2009 | 1 Comment More