Dawoud Bey is one of the most innovative and influential photographers of his generation. He has spent more than four decades photographing underrepresented subjects and fostering a dialogue that addresses African American history and contemporary society and politics.
Dawoud Bey: An American Project is at the Whitney Museum of American Art until 3 October and features a number of Harlem images from the mid 70’s and beyond.
Bey’s work in the tradition of the American portrait and street photography references and builds upon the work of other Black photographic pioneers of the 20th century including James Van Der Zee and Roy DeCarava
Bey began photographing in Harlem in 1975, at the age of 22. Although he was raised in Queens, he was intimately connected to the neighborhood – his parents had met there and members of his extended family still made it their home
Bey’s work portrays Harlem and its residents as complex individuals in images free of stereotype
New Juice Bar
A new juice bar is coming to Madison Avenue, just north of 125th Street at the old location where Jahlookova used to be.
Since tourism has been put on hold, Welcome to Harlem introduces a way to safely tour Harlem and learn of its significant contribution to the Civil Rights Movement.
Welcome to Harlem proudly presents the “Harlem Civil Rights Virtual,” which is a virtual walking tour that will take place in Harlem, New York, beginning at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ. Eighteen of the twenty stops will be covered during an eye-opening trail starting on 116th Street uptown to the 137th area. The remaining two stops are past 137th Street. This exciting event will span across approximately two hours while it outlines the pivotal role Harlem played during the Civil Rights Movement, highlighting the fundamental sites and individuals who contributed to the cause.
Although tourism is currently non-existent, Welcome to Harlem is introducing a fun way for history lovers to learn about and engage with the neighborhood’s rich past. Harlem is a proud contributor to the Civil Rights Movement, and tourists will learn about each of the critical events that took place in the area. The Harlem Civil Rights Virtual Tour will visit the original Temple No. 7 and the Blumstein Department Store. It will also illustrate Harlem’s connection to the famous March on Washington House, and visit pertinent churches, including Mother A.M.E. Zion Church and Abyssinian Baptist Church, to name a few.
In addition, the tour highlights key individuals who helped lead the movement, including Malcolm X, A. Philip Randolph, Josephine Baker, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Roy Wilkins, W.E.B. DuBois, Walter White, Wyatt Tee Walker, James Weldon Johnson, John Carlos, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Bayard Rustin, Paul Robeson, and many others.
If you have a chance, head up Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. to 134/135 and stop in the Claire Oliver Gallery. The current exhibit of photography – a Love Letter for Harlem – is wonderful, powerful, and worth a visit.
Exactly 100 years ago today, this article came out in the New York Times:
The “alarm in neighborhood” and “real estate men fear”, of course, is code for white residents.
Later in the article, the process of what will later be termed ‘white flight’ is described as contributing to the decline in the white church’s numbers, which in turn led it to be favorably impressed by the offer.
The center of Black Harlem is described as being on West 135th Street, but further expansion southward, seems to be particularly troubling to the writer and the (white) Harlemites quoted.