Tag Archives: Harlem

Protest Insurrection at Columbia: The Groovy Revolution

May 2, 1968: “You could tell something more than springtime was brewing at Columbia by the crowds around the local Chock Full, jumping and gesturing with more than coffee in their veins. You could sense insurrection in the squads of … Continue reading

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Spanish Harlem Style, 1960

Joe Cuba Sextet – Wanted Dead or Alive (1966) “In the summer of 1966, The Joe Cuba Sextet played a show in Asbury Park, a small seaside town in New Jersey known for its beachfront properties and country clubs. ‘It’s … Continue reading

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Nobody Knows My Name – James Baldwin (1961)

“Twelve years ago a young Negro writer named James Baldwin printed an impassioned essay. ‘Everybody’s Protest Novel,’ in which he attacked the kind of fiction from ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ to ‘Native Son,’ that had been written in America about the … Continue reading

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Harlem Is Nowhere – Ralph Ellison

“To live in Harlem is to dwell in the very bowels of the city; it is to pass a labyrinthine existence among streets that explode monotonously skyward with the spires and crosses of churches and clutter underfoot with garbage and … Continue reading

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Witnessed: The Assassination of Malcolm X (CNN), Who Killed Malcolm X (60mins)

“Almost 50 years ago, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, more popularly known as Malcolm X, who had risen to prominence as one of the most outspoken and public faces of the Nation of Islam, was gunned down inside the Audubon Ballroom in New … Continue reading

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Garbage Fires for Freedom: When Puerto Rican Activists Took Over New York’s Streets

During the Puerto Rican Day Parade, members of the Young Lords burned Mayor John Lindsay in effigy as they passed the reviewing stand at Fifth Avenue and 69th Street, according to the photographer’s notes. June 7, 1970. “Hiram Maristany laughs … Continue reading

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At ‘Black Woodstock,’ an All-Star Lineup Delivered Joy and Renewal to 300,000

A rain shower didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds at what is now Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. July 13, 1969. “Woodstock was big and messy, thrilling and stirring — and summed up finally by Jimi Hendrix, whose festival-closing … Continue reading

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A Report from Occupied Territory – James Baldwin (July 11, 1966)

“On April 17, 1964, in Harlem, New York City, a young salesman, father of two, left a customer’s apartment and went into the streets. There was a great commotion in the streets, which, especially since it was a spring day, … Continue reading

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50 Years of Affirmative Action: What Went Right, and What It Got Wrong

The commencement for the Class of 1973 at Columbia University. The number of black students admitted to Columbia rose sharply in 1969. About half of those who enrolled graduated four years later. “On cold mornings, Les Goodson shows up early … Continue reading

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When Martin Luther King Came to Harlem

“Less than a year before his assassination, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. came to Harlem. In the June 22, 1967, Village Voice, contributor Marlene Nadle observed the crowd anxiously awaiting the Baptist minister’s arrival: ‘Using programs folded accordion style instead of … Continue reading

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