Category: HISTORY

A Look Back — The Life of John Hope Franlkin

A Look Back — The Life of John Hope Franlkin

John Hope Franklin, a prolific and well-respected chronicler of America’s racial history, died on March 25, 2009, at 94. Below is his bio from The John Hope Franklin Collection at Duke University. The Collection is a repository for African and African-American studies documentation and an educational outreach division of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special [...]

March 26, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Comes to Harlem

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Comes to Harlem

The Friends of Barbara Lee, a group of local women and members of local non-profit organizations invite members of the Harlem and NYC community, as well as local politicians, to a book signing for Congresswoman Barbara Lee where she will discuss and sign her new book, Renegade for Peace and Justice: Congresswoman Barbara Lee Speaks [...]

March 17, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s Portrait Unveiled

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s Portrait Unveiled

Portrait painted by artist Kadir Nelson (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ***** Recently, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairwoman Barbara Lee, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Members of the Congressional Black Caucus held a portrait unveiling ceremony for the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. In 1968, Chisholm became the first [...]

March 16, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Black Panther — The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas

Black Panther — The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas worked as the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the Party disbanded in the 1980s providing graphic art for the party’s newspaper, The Black Panther. Colette Gaiter, a university art professor states that “Douglas was the most prolific and persistent graphic agitator in the American Black Power movements. [...]

March 2, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Stevie Wonder — In Performance at the White House

Stevie Wonder — In Performance at the White House

President Barack Obama gave the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to Stevie Wonder yesterday at a concert in the East Room of the White House in celebration of Black History Month. The program was taped and will air tonight on local PBS stations at 8 p.m. The concert features a tribute [...]

February 26, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Harlem’s Hip Hop Culture Center — Teaching the Babies

Harlem’s Hip Hop Culture Center — Teaching the Babies

The Hip Hop Culture Center, located in the Magic Johnson Theater on 125th Street, has utilized its massive 8,000 square foot facility to serve as a classroom, rehearsal space, and more importantly a vehicle to educate the community.

February 13, 2009 | 1 Comment More
Black History Month at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Black History Month at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has a full list of events to commemorate Black history month. For more details check out the website. Many of the events are free or have a minimal cost. Below is only a partial listing of events. AAJC/HBCU Student All-star Big Band Sunday, February 1, 2009, 3:00 [...]

January 30, 2009 | 1 Comment More
Obama Watch January 21, 2009

Obama Watch January 21, 2009

Harlem celebrates Obama’s historic moment Sasha, Malia Obama shine in J. Crew at inauguration President Obama Stimulates Economy in Harlem More than 1M crowd DC for Obama’s inauguration Black Leaders React to Obama’s Inauguration. Colin Powell Calls Inauguration ‘A Fabulous Day For All Americans’ Obama’s Whitehouse.gov launches, with problems Obama Halts New or Pending Bush [...]

January 21, 2009 | 0 Comments More
First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama

First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama

Michelle Obama Watch

January 20, 2009 | 0 Comments More
Obama Watch News Headlines January 19, 2009

Obama Watch News Headlines January 19, 2009

Obama Asks for Help Repairing Nation, Issues Call to Service Inauguration Crowd Will Test Cellphone Networks Big Turnout For Obama’s Former Pastor Democratic women cheer their own, and Obama too 6-year-old’s Obama rap video hot on YouTube Who makes the Obamas’ dance? Stevie Wonder! Barack Obama: “I’ll Have Trouble Sleeping the Night Before” Inauguration Obama [...]

January 19, 2009 | 1 Comment More
Odetta, Voice of Civil Rights Movement Dies

Odetta, Voice of Civil Rights Movement Dies

Last October AroundHarlem.com was given an opportunity to attend the Jazz Foundation’s Loft Party to benefit the Jazz Musicians’ Emergency Fund which assists musicians who were displaced by hurricane Katrina. This photo was taken of Odetta as she performed one of her last performances. ******* **** Odetta, the singer whose deep voice wove together the [...]

December 3, 2008 | 1 Comment More
Barack Obama Presidential Election Victory Speech

Barack Obama Presidential Election Victory Speech

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools [...]

November 6, 2008 | 2 Comments More
Harlem — Election Night 2008

Harlem — Election Night 2008

Barack Obama elected President of the United States of America. History — American, Black, African We were there. Working on great stories. Stay tuned. We were in the streets celebrating with everyone else at 2:00 am.

November 6, 2008 | 1 Comment More
Christopher Williams of Base IV Media — Documenting Harlem Politics and Gentrification

Christopher Williams of Base IV Media — Documenting Harlem Politics and Gentrification

The world holds two classes of men. Intelligent men without religion, and religious men without intelligence — Abu l-Ala-Ma’arri, Syrian Poet 973-1057 ********* Who is Christopher Williams? In a quote from his profile on BloggerCatalog.com he states that he is “A Caribbean decent African-American atheist, who tools around with writing on his blog. Some people [...]

November 3, 2008 | 1 Comment More
Martin Luther King Jr. — I Have a Dream Speech

Martin Luther King Jr. — I Have a Dream Speech

Today is the 45th Anniversary of the speech. The full speech is in the video below.

August 29, 2008 | 0 Comments More
John Lewis at the DNC — We Still Have a Dream

John Lewis at the DNC — We Still Have a Dream

August 29, 2008 | 0 Comments More
The Black List on HBO — Premieres Tonight

The Black List on HBO — Premieres Tonight

Part of a multimedia initiative, The Black List: Volume One is the brainchild of renowned portrait photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (PBS’ Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart, HBO’s Thinking XXX) and acclaimed NPR radio host, journalist and former New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell, with Greenfield-Sanders directing and Mitchell conducting the interviews. Mitchell, by design, [...]

August 25, 2008 | 2 Comments More
Michael Phelps or Carl Lewis — Who’s the Greatest Olympian Ever?

Michael Phelps or Carl Lewis — Who’s the Greatest Olympian Ever?

Give that nod to Carl Lewis, right, who won nine gold medals over four Olympics, including the long jump four games in a row. Unlike Phelps, Lewis won his medals doing two very different things, using his speed to win the 100 and 200 meters and his leaping ability for the long jump. He likely [...]

August 19, 2008 | 0 Comments More