Head to The Schomburg

Alison Saar, the artist behind the Harriet Tubman sculpture at St. Nicholas and Frederick Douglass Blvds. has created a work based on the playwright, journalist, activist, and lesbian, Lorraine Hansberry.

Saar, who also did the jazz era sculptures of Harlem residents that are on the Metro-North platforms at the 125th Street Station, will unveil the work in its final home in Chicago. Before then, however, the sculpture will be on view in the Schomburg from today until June 18th.

From The Schomburg, the sculpture “To Sit Awhile” will head to Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, and then head on a national tour. The permanent installation site (Chicago) is Hansberry’s birthplace, and the setting of her most famous work: ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’

Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in 21st Century America

Residential segregation manages to color just about every facet of US life. It fuels the country’s sprawling suburban development and the massive carbon footprint that lifestyle demands. It underpins struggling public schools and the increasingly toxic politics around them. It turns would-be neighbors into feared strangers by politicians like Kristin Jordan who oppose the vision of a multiracial community.  

Sheryll Cashin, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and former White House urban policy advisor, has devoted much of her career to documenting how segregation poisons America. Her new book, White Space, Black Hood, examines how radicals work to maintain racial enclaves.

Profesor Cashin, writes that she believes that integration “is the best route to equal opportunity for everyone.” She continues that in a moment when the topic had largely fallen from the national political discourse, she has “…become convinced of this — even as I recognize the nurturing benefits of a racial enclave — because of the virulent inequality that our separation is begetting.”

White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality explores how the Great Recession and the orgy of predatory lending that preceded it wreaked enduring havoc on household wealth in Black and Latino communities, while a national shortage of affordable housing and stubborn patterns of inequality have locked non-white renters into low-opportunity neighborhoods and America’s Public schools have largely resegregated.

To read a Bloomberg interview with Professor Cashin on the collapse of racial integration, see:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-11/tracking-the-disastrous-collapse-of-u-s-racial-integration

Juneteenth Events Next Weekend in Harlem’s Historic Parks

JUNE 17 2nd ANNUAL HISTORIC HARLEM PARKS JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL KICKOFF @ MARCUS GARVEY PARK – FREE! 

12-3PM on NW lawn –  NYPL Harlem and Studio Museum with children’s storytime, giveaways and tour/talk about the Thomas J. Price sculpture. 

3-6PM on NW lawn – Say Their Namesarts performance project gives (2) dream workshops and recognizes the lives of Americans taken by racism. Presented by NYC Parks and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance. 

730PM at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater – NYC Parks and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance present Say Their Names in an opening song and short film prior to the screening of Questlove’s “Summer of Soul” documentary presented by City Parks Foundation.  

JUNE 18 2nd Annual Historic Harlem Parks Juneteenth Festival – FREE! 

MARCUS GARVEY PARK

12-3pm at NW lawn:  NYPL Harlem and Studio Museum with children’s storytime, giveaways and tour/talk about the Thomas J. Price sculpture. 

630PM at Richard Rodgers amphitheater:  pre-show conversation with the Federation of Black Cowboys 

7PM at Richard Rodgers amphitheater: CROSS THAT RIVER – Join the Federation of Black Cowboys and then Harlem’s own star Allan Harris – globally-renowned for his jazz vocals, guitar and songwriting – in the music & theatrical storytelling of Blu, who runs away from slavery to become a cowboy out west. Did you know that 1 in 4 cowboys were Black men? Presented by NYC Parks, City College Center for the Arts, Jazzmobile and Love Productions.

JACKIE ROBINSON PARK 

2-5:30pm at bandshell:  National Jazz Museum in Harlem brings world music and dance – including dance classes! – and the global star Wunmi to Jackie Robinson Park’s bandshell in partnership with NYC Parks for the 2nd annual Historic Harlem Parks Juneteenth Festival. 

ST NICHOLAS PARK

1-8PM at 135th Street Plaza – Ayo and Friends of St Nicholas Park bring back last year’s favorite Black health and wellness and arts event GoodVibesInThePark on the James Baldwin lawn and at the 135th Street plaza in partnership with NYC Parks as part of the 2nd annual Historic Harlem Parks Juneteenth Festival. 

MORNINGSIDE PARK

12-3PM at 114th Street lawn across from the pond – Harlem Wellness brings yoga, African dance classes and drumming to Morningside Park’s lawn across from the pond in partnership with NYC Parks and Friends of Morningside Park as part of the 2nd annual Historic Harlem Parks Juneteenth Festival.

East 126th Street Mentioned in Politico

Politico has an article on the new safe injection site on East 126th Street.

Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Adriano Espaillat, a Democrat who represents Northern Manhattan and the Bronx, have raised concerns about the large number of social service programs in Harlem compared to other parts of the city that have equally high rates of drug addiction and overdose.

“We are compassionate and want to help all the vulnerable population in New York City, however, we cannot be complacent regarding the decades-long process of systemic racism that has oversaturated our community,” Sharpton said in an email about his National Action Network’s December 2021 protest outside of the facility.

Shawn Hill, a Harlem community activist and co-founder of The Greater Harlem Coalition, said in an interview that, although the Harlem facility is “doing God’s work” and helping New Yorkers with addictions, it has also brought more drug activity to the area.

“The concerns of families taking children to school, families living across the street … remain,” he said in an interview. “Just to get to the subway or to Metro-North they’re essentially forced to walk through a drug dealing gauntlet of people hustling, selling, procuring and distributing narcotics.”

“The hypocrisy of wealthy and whiter neighborhoods who repeatedly voice their support for this kind of program — as long as this kind of program isn’t located in their neighborhood — leaves a very bad taste in our mouths,” he said. “It’s always Harlem and East Harlem that have to bear this burden.”

To read the full article:

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/14/new-york-experiment-drug-use-national-model-00031876

Juneteenth Block Party

Saturday, June 18th, Noon to 6pm, join a free block party at 131st Street and FDB.

All Welcome!

HBCU College Fair Tomorrow!

Join the 28th Precinct at an HBCU college fair.

2271 8th Avenue (St. Nicholas between 122/123), Noon to 4PM.

All welcome. Free.

Loans, Mortgages, and Insurance

Learn more about loans, mortgages, and insurance on Monday June 13th, 6:30 PM at El Barrio’s Artspace 109:

Another (East Harlem) Juneteenth Block Party

Sunday, June 19th. 11:00 – 7:00 PM

111 Between 3rd and Lexington.

Decriminalize Nature New York will have a table at this 2nd Annual East Harlem Juneteenth Block Party and coordinators with the group will be there to discuss their campaign to decriminalize naturally occurring entheogenic plants and fungi on a Grow, Gather, Gift model that prioritizes community based cultivation, access, research, and treatment.

DN resolutions have passed in over 10 municipalities including Oakland, CA, Washington DC, and Ann Arbor, MI.

DN members will also be seeking support for a Land Back & Reparations platform which specifically applies to Harlem and New York’s cannabis legalization and Social Equity funding.

HNBA Meeting on Tuesday, June 14th – 7 PM

We hope you’ll come out for our final HNBA meeting of the season (before our summer break) on Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 PM.

To get the Zoom link:

We’ll hear from the Citizens Union about what is on the horizon for redistricting City Council that could change whether or not you are considered part of (central) Harlem or part of East Harlem.  Dan (from Citizen’s Union) will talk about what’s on the horizon and how you can add your voice to the mapping changes that are coming.

We’ll also get a follow-up from Wilfredo Lopez on the DSNY’s budget – one that gives significantly more money to the UES compared to East Harlem.

Lastly, we’ll hear from Shawanna Vaughn who is challenging Inez Dickens for State Assembly from her base in Lincoln Houses.

Kioka Jackson Writes:

From Kioka Jackson:

Let me start this message by saying thank you to everyone who participated in the National Gun Violence Awareness Event which was in partnership with SAVE/GOSO; East Harlem’s Cure violence program.  It was a day that displayed togetherness, love, and hope.  Now after we take off our orange shirts and we have finished chanting and marching – what’s next?  There is still some work that we have to do on a daily basis.  Each of us has a responsibility to do something and we are all absolutely capable of sharing love with our community.  Love is the first step toward healing and combatting this public health epidemic that we are facing around the country. Please see a few pictures and a news clip of the day.  I am thankful to all of you for your continued support toward making our neighborhood safe.  

https://abc7ny.com/east-harlem-gun-violence-rally-volence-guns-control/11924684/

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th at 5:45 PM and it will be totally in-person.  I will send out a follow-up e-mail letting you know if it will be outdoors or at the Precinct.  It all depends on the weather.  It is our final meeting for the summer so we planned to have a little bit of a light BBQ; Mix and Mingle.  So let’s hope the weather Gods smile on us for that day.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.  Look out for a message before the end of this week with further details. 

Sincerely and best regards,

Kioka Jackson

Who’s Going To Represent You/Harlem In Albany?

The New York State 68th Assembly District primary is coming up.

Whoever wins the primary will likely be your representative in Albany. If you live in the area shown on the map below, make sure to register for the candidates’ forum tomorrow (Thursday, June 9th, at 7:00 PM) using this link:

https://fordham.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIocuGtqD0oEtXpPxQTWfT54jA20YivmtWL

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Junteenth!

GothamToGo has a great compilation of Junteenth events:

Make sure to check out the listings for scores of events near you (and sign-up for her amazing blog).

Artist Addresses the Hidden Horror of Dr. Sims

The statue of Dr. Sims in East Harlem being removed from 5th Avenue/Central Park

Bloomberg has an article on a new artwork in Montgomery: The Mothers of Gynecology, and the artist and activist Michelle Browder who created this sculpture to challenge and refute the legacy of Dr. Sims.

The Mothers of Gynecology

Browder’s monument honoring the “Mothers of Gynecology” — Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey, enslaved girls who underwent dozens of vaginal procedures by Sims – not only addresses the racist and torturous legacy of Dr. Sims, but also a painting from 1952 that portrayed Dr. Sims.

The painting by Robert Thom made Browder want to understand the women forced to endure Sims’s experiments. While in the painting, the physician is depicted with a benevolent bearing as he inspects his patient; in the background, two Black women cower behind a curtain. The painter inflates the likely age of the ladies: Anarcha was thought to be 17 when she was treated by Sims. And there’s no sign of the restraints that would be used in place of anesthesia or other numbing techniques.

The artist, Michelle Browder

To see the full Bloomberg story:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-10/forging-a-memorial-to-the-forgotten-mothers-of-gynecology

Scholarship From MMPCIA For College-Bound Seniors

The Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association is proud to announce the enrollment period for the 2022 MMPCIA Scholarship Program 
All college-bound Harlem high school seniors who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply. Please visit the following link: 
Scholarship Application  
Deadline for completed applications is June 30th.
Please spread the word to the Harlem high school seniors you know! 
MMPCIA Education CommitteeDetails:The Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) $4,000 Scholarship Award began as a way of honoring college-bound Harlem high school seniors who live in Greater Mount Morris Park/Central Harlem Community from 110th to 135th Streets between Morningside and Third Avenues.
The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1,000 annually for four consecutive years as long as students remain in school full time.
For additional information go to MMPCIA.ORG
or send inquiries to [email protected]

Puerto Rican Pride Parade on June 12th

Show your Puerto Rican pride and march on June 12 in the 65th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade.

NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Spectators watch the ninth annual Puerto Rican Day Parade pass by June 13, 2004 in New York City. Tens of thousands of people lined Fifth Avenue for the parade. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

Jimi Hendrix in Harlem: September 5th, 1969

On September 5th, 1969 Jimi Hendrix performed at the Harlem Street Fair at the corner of 139th Street and Lenox Avenue. Only 26, Hendrix had wanted to reestablish a relationship with Black fans “my people”. He arrived characteristically late only to find that the crowd had dwindled to a few hundred Harlem residents.

Harlem had been Hendrix’s home on the east coast before being whisked off to London by a British promoter who saw Jimi Hendrix as having incredible megastar potential.

This homecoming couldn’t have been more different from what he expected. Residents had given up, and considered the show nearly over and his international star power was not holding the community in thrall.

After taking to the stage, a crowd member threw a bottle at Hendrix, which shattered against one of the speakers. Added to this, barrages of eggs covered the stage, a testament to just how the local community felt they had been let down by Hendrix. Nevertheless, Hendrix and his band played while the angry crowd gradually dispersed.

“They didn’t like him,” Charles R. Cross says in his Hendrix biography Room Full of Mirrors. “He was jeered. People heckled him.”

This was deeply ironic, of course, as race had deeply frustrated Hendrix and he hated that he was caught between being reduced to a stereotype by many white fans while being rejected by many in the Black community.

The YouTube link (below) while not a video recording, gives a sense of just how much the performance might have come off as artful noise to those who remained on Lenox and 139th Street that evening.

A Town Hall on Property Taxes and Sanitation

28th Precinct Community Council Meeting

Wednesday, June 8th – 6:30 PM

Home To Harlem

Join the Maysles Cinema in celebrating our community:

June 9-June 30, 2022
“Home to Harlem” presents Harlem through an archival lens as both an actual home for Black citizens and families and as a location in the popular imagination of African Americans, by exploring the various intersections of documentary, amateur films, home movies, musical shorts, nontheatrical materials, family archives and the preservation of cultural artifacts in Harlem. The series will also spotlight film exhibition in Harlem, innovated by Jessie Maple and LeRoy Patton’s 20 West: Home of Black Cinema.
Curated by Ina Archer and Emily Apter.
Tickets Here
Screening #IntheCinema
June 9, 7:30PM | America’s Negro Metropolis
June 17, 6:30PM at City College | Diary of a Harlem Family
June 23, 7:30PM | Cab Calloway and Many More
June 24, 7:30PM | Jessie Maple’s Home for Black Cinema
Streaming #Virtually
June 20-June 26 | Diary of a Harlem Family
Events #IntheCommunity
June 10, 7:45PM at St Nicholas Park | Home to Harlem in the Park screening Cotton Comes to Harlem
June 11, 9AM-2PM at 619 West 14th st | West 145 Street Arts Crafts & Health Fair presented by Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano
June 12, 12PM-4PM at Children’s Art Carnival | Community Archiving Pop-up event

Hike the Heights

Hike the Heights
Hike the Giraffe Path, a six mile trail that connects the Cloisters to Central Park through the cliffside parks in Northern Manhattan and then head to the Sunken Playground for games and a potluck. 

Saturday, June 4, 10:00 am

Stand Against Gun Violence

Good Afternoon Friends, Family and Colleagues,

My hope is that you are all doing well.  The last few weeks have absolutely been very emotional for our Nation.  Seems like every time we turn on our television we are dealing with yet another senseless shooting.  As National Gun Violence Awareness Day is approaching I am asking you to come out and stand together to condemn this public health crisis and promote love and peace.  You may be asking yourself, how will this combat gun violence? and the answer is that coming together in unity is actually the first step because it shows that we will not continue to tolerate this, it shows that we are coming together to say Enough is Enough.  

We won’t keep you long.  We ask you to wear orange and come together in solidarity as we speak out, have a moment of silence, call on the Most High for assistance and discuss action plans to continue the movement to combat gun violence.  This event is a COMMUNITY EVENT hosted by SAVE/GOSO and the Community Council. 

What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to preserve a healthier and safe nation, state, and neighborhood tomorrow? We cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo.  These are the words of Matthew McConaughey.  We owe it to our children to come together in unity and stand together to create an unbreakable bond and a powerful punch so that we can make change for the good. 

I have attached the flyer for your perusal with the hopes that programs will bring out their participants and families will come out from around the city. We need you there.

I thank you in advance for coming out and rallying for the cause.

Sincerely,

Kioka Jackson

Concert in Harlem Rose Garden

Open Garden Day and the performance by the Harlem School of the Arts singers at 4PM. 

Who’s Going To Represent You/Harlem In Albany?

The New York State 70th Assembly District primary is coming up.

Whoever wins the primary will likely be your representative in Albany. If you live in the area shown on the map below, make sure to register for the candidates’ forum tomorrow (Thursday, June 2nd, at 7:00 PM):

https://fordham.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEud-2srT8sHtVPXlbcKERFa_AmPHiQyurt

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Election/Primaries News

  • Remember, as of now, we’re headed for a double primary season, which we wrote about in the last newsletter; June 28 is the first primary, with another scheduled for August 23.

    FYI: If you’re already registered to vote, the deadline to switch parties passed in February.
      
  • Redistricting and the legal battle that followed it are done, so the state has new political lines. Make sure you know how your district lines have changed! Use our address lookup tool to see how the boundaries have shifted around you.