Cultural Harlem Blog

The mission of the Cultural Harlem Blog is to provide information that pertains to Harlem’s cultural past, present and future. Posts reflect the true cultural vibrancy of the community with a penchant for recognizing unheralded heroes, sheroes and forgotten events from long ago. All want news of the best in Harlem cultural programming, the Cultural Harlem Blog is where to find it


UK walking in the shadows of Civil Rights History

UK walking in the shadows of Civil Rights History https://www.harlemheritage.com/cultural-harlem-blog"> Students with us from the United Kingdom, all have studied the American Civil Rights Movement in their classroom they walk in the shadows of history. On April 4th, 1967 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his...

Family from Brooklyn with us in Harlem

Family from Brooklyn with us in Harlem https://www.harlemheritage.com/cultural-harlem-blog"> Husband and wife from Brooklyn, wow, what a great picture. So much enjoyment. Gentlemen is a member of the esteemed and historic Black fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, and so was the great Congressmen Dr. Rev. Adam...

“If Beale Street Could Talk” filmed in Harlem

“If Beale Street Could Talk” filmed in Harlem On October 19th, 2017 I was walking north on Malcolm X Blvd. in Harlem, when I noticed a movie being made, which is usually no big deal, because movies and tv shows are filmed in the area all the time, but this movie shoot stopped me in my tracks.  All the actors were...

Harlem Heritage Tours loves the legacy of Vivian Robinson

Harlem Heritage Tours loves the legacy of Vivian Robinson https://www.harlemheritage.com/cultural-harlem-blog"> Harlem Heritage Tours and the Harlem Cultural Blog loves the legacy of the late Ms. Vivian Robinson, (on left in pic) one who believed if you want something done, don’t wait for others to do it, get busy and...

Harlem Heritage Tours remembers Grace L. Jones

Harlem Heritage Tours remembers Grace L. Jones https://www.harlemheritage.com/cultural-harlem-blog"> Harlem Heritage Tours and the Cultural Harlem Blog salute the life and times of the late Ms. Grace L. Jones, former President of the Audelco Awards, founded in 1973 by the late Ms. Vivian Robinson. The Audelco...

Harlem Heritage Tours Customized Experiences

Harlem Heritage Tours Customized Experiences Sports Marketing friends from the Netherlands Friends from the Netherlands visited us recently, a pleasure to have them. They want a customized Harlem experience featuring the sports heritage of Harlem, we know exactly what they want, this is what we do on a daily...

Harlem Heritage Tours celebrates Juneteenth, join us.

Harlem Heritage Tours celebrates Juneteenth, join us. Juneteenth Celebration in Harlem The Juneteenth Committee of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz and The Martin Luther King Jr. Center New York Support Group are hosting the annual Juneteenth KingFest Celebration Parade and Street Fair Saturday, June 17, in Harlem starting at 11...

Harlem Civil Rights Multimedia Walking Tour – what would you do ?

Harlem Civil Rights Multimedia Walking Tour – what would you do ? We truly enjoyed guiding this group through Harlem, they have studied civil rights history in their classes and wanted to visited the very sights where history.  We at Harlem Heritage Tours took them to sights such as Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, once pastored by...

Harlem Heritage Tours, we love what we do

Harlem Heritage Tours, we love what we do Harlem Heritage Tours with friends from Philly, Switzerland and Korea, 2nd tour of the day.  For us it’s all about teaching and sharing the history of Harlem with our global family members and seeing them have fun and the smiles are our reward, we really do love...
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Harlem Holiday Tree Lighting on West 125th Street

Harlem Holiday Tree Lighting on West 125th Street Soon come, November 16th from 3PM – 8PM, Harlem Holiday Lighting 2017 on West 125th Street sponsored by the good folks, Barbara Askins and the 125th Street Business Improvement District, its always a great event along Harlem’s historic 125th Street....

A Marching Band Celebrates Its Political Roots in Harlem

A Marching Band Celebrates Its Political Roots in Harlem Cultural Harlem Blog   Marching bands are joyous sights to behold, whether while watching them process down a football field or a decked-out street during Mardi Gras. The historical roots of these bands, however, are less cheerfully traced to military training and...
October 31, 2017 Family Activity: The Migration, Reflections on Jacob Lawrence In this Family Activity for The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence, you will learn about the basic principles of stepping, the Great Migration, its significance in American history...

The legacy of James Reese Europe

The legacy of James Reese Europe     Upcoming Tours Fri 19 Harlem Heritage – Apollo Theater Multimedia Walking Tour October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | $65.00 New York Sat 20 Harlem Sugarhill / Hamilton Heights Multimedia Walking Tour October 20 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 pm New York Fri 26 Harlem Heritage...

Harlem Heritage Tours remembers Craig Mack RIP

Harlem Heritage Tours remembers Craig Mack RIP Harlem Heritage Tours fondly remembers the life, times and music of Craig Mack. Upcoming Tours Fri 19 Harlem Heritage – Apollo Theater Multimedia Walking Tour October 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | $65.00 New York Sat 20 Harlem Sugarhill / Hamilton Heights Multimedia...

The Heritage of West 131st Street in Harlem

The Heritage of West 131st Street in Harlem From East 5th Ave., to West Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., few blocks in Harlem contain an abundance of cultural sights as impactful as those on West 131st Street. Dr. Muriel Petioni and her Father Dr. Charles A. Petioni, legends of 131st...

Fire Chief from Chicago visits firehouse in Harlem.

Fire Chief from Chicago visits firehouse in Harlem. On Monday September 26th 2016 a group visited consisting of folks from all over the United States, it was discreetly mentioned to me that one of the guests on the bus was interested in visiting a Harlem firehouse, at that moment I had no clue who that person was.  I...
The picture below puzzled me upon first reading in the lower right corner that it was taken in 1910 at 110th Street & Lenox Ave. Immediately I searched the pic for Central Park which starts at 110th Street.  I know that the northern end of Central Park was...

On this day in Harlem Heritage – 4/5/1970

On this day in Harlem Heritage – 4/5/1970 A Curbside Sermon From Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker served as chief of staff for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1960 to 1964 and spent nearly four decades as the pastor of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, in Harlem. In this photo, from...

Black Greek Harlem – Alpha Phi Alpha

Black Greek Harlem – Alpha Phi Alpha Authentic Harlem Blog loves the heritage of the Harlem Black Greek community. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha, 1905 at 203 West 138th Street (Stivers Row). Vertner Woodson Tandy, one of the founding members (Seven Jewels) of Alpha Phi Alpha and first...