From 1969, a black and white report on the complexities of being a Black cop and the questions of allegiances – to the community (Central Harlem) or to the NYPD.
In 1969 only 6% of the NYPD were Black officers. Kent Garrett produced this piece. You can see the corner of Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and West 124th Street here (The Greater Refuge Church).
Madame St. Clair on the History Chanel
The History Chanel has an article on Harlem’s policy queen, Stephanie St. Clair who was a Harlem entrepreneur with a head for numbers and organization.
Like most African Americans in the early 20th century, Madame St. Clair found herself barred from traditional, white-dominated financial businesses like banking or investing. Instead, she made her fortune in the underground economy of the numbers racket. Fearlessly facing down corrupt cops and violent mobsters alike, she became one of the racket’s most successful operators, while channeling some of her money into legitimate ventures and working to support Harlem residents.