Harlem has always been a center for social movements. Whether it's the Harlem Renaissance or the Jazz Age, to Black Lives Matter. But there’s so much more to the story. Our experience starts in the 1500s with explorers trying to find a route to Asia but then encountered a new land. I’ll share Harlem’s role in the American Revolution, including the meeting of Alexander Hamilton (who was Caribbean) and General George Washington, and how that relationship changed the course of American history. We’ll visit Hamilton’s home in Harlem Heights and sites like the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the premier center of its kind in the world. We’ll also discuss the Trans Atlantic Slave trade in North, Central and South America, its impact on human relations between American-born citizens and immigrants at the time and in the present day. We'll delve into the New Negro Movement, which sparked the modern civil rights movement in this country and explore depression-era exhibitions such as the recently restored WPA murals in Harlem Hospital. Together, we’ll discover how we can learn how to heal from the past to move towards a better future.
I am a Harlem community organizer, art curator, and founder & executive director of the West Harlem Art Fund, which organizes high-profile public arts exhibits throughout New York City. She also produces radio podcasts on the creative arts throughout NYC. If you wish to listen to a podcast go to soundcloud.com/stateoftheartsnyc.
Manhattanville Coffee is a neighborhood coffee shop that provides quality coffee and pastries in an environment designed to make everyone feel right at home. The Schomburg Center is a research library and an archive repository for information on people of African descent worldwide.