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


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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 Wed 23 Harlem Wednesday Gospel Walking Tour May 23 @ 5:15 pm - 8:00 pm | $39.00 New York Fri 25 Harlem Heritage – Apollo Theater Multimedia Walking Tour May 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | $65.00 New York Fri 25 Harlem Heritage Jazz Music Tour May 25...
“Malcolm, Adam, Martin and friends, a Harlem Street Story” Throughout Harlem, many street signs read names of iconic civil rights leaders: Malcolm X, Dr. Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and other greats deserving of recognition, but many...

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 Wed 23 Harlem Wednesday Gospel Walking Tour May 23 @ 5:15 pm - 8:00 pm | $39.00 New York Fri 25 Harlem Heritage – Apollo Theater Multimedia Walking Tour May 25 @ 1:00...

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...
Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at King Towers Community Center (NYCHA) 1/21/2013 from Harlem Heritage Tours on Vimeo. It was a pleasure once again to participate in the Annual Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the King Towers...
On the Wednesday November 9th, 2011 I personally conducted the Harlem Heritage Wednesday Gospel Experience. Mr. Bill Binderman attended the tour with his daughter. We walked and talked and had a great time getting to know each other and then we were off to the church,...
February 28th, 2011 On February 10th 2011, I attended an event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in celebration of the life and times of the late great Harlem Photographer Mr. Kwame Gervin. Additionally, the event recognized the latest exhibition...
January 22nd, 2011. In the photo above my friends Mother holds her two Grand Daughters as we celebrate their 1st Birthday at the Harlem Heritage Tourism and Cultural Center.  I’m extremely thankful to the industry of Cultural Tourism for giving us a platform...
On January 15th, 2011 friends from Atlanta Ga. and the Boston Mass. area visited us in search of the legacy of Dr. King in Harlem. The gentlemen with red scarf once worked as a postal worker in Atlanta and the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta was on his route daily,...
01/01/2011 During Holiday Season 2010, me and guests from Iowa were at Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market when we came across a table with t-shirts reading 1993 – which immediately caught my eye. I went over to the table and realized that they were the very last of...
12/29/2010 I was walking home and came across these kids playing in the snow, of course I whipped out the Evo and captured the happenings. The folks in the window are the Sisters and Brothers of the kids on the ground, they are not the parents. I once played these...
12/29/2010 I’m here providing moral support for these guys as they work hard to get this van free from the snow and ice on Malcolm X Blvd. and 118th Street. The gentlemen eventually freed the vehicle from the snow and ice on Malcolm X Blvd.  at 118th St. The...
12/09/10 On Wednesday 12/08/2010 I attended Circle of Brothers Town Hall Meeting in Harlem sponsored by Circle of Brothers and Street Corner Resources. The meeting took place in the lunchroom cafeteria of P.S. 175 on West 134th Street. When I walked in I was a little...
12/08/2010 On 12/07/2010 I  attended two Holiday celebrations starting with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting down by the water front on West 125th Street .  This was a beautiful scene with caroling and the lights of Christmas bouncing off the waves of the Hudson...
11/24/2010 Many are writing about Harlem from an outside perspective, but now it’s time to talk to the people on the street. “Word From the Street Wednesday’s”. I got this idea while walking down 5th Ave and encountering this Harlem General...
05/05/2010 Mrs. Cora T. Walker was a dedicated Lawyer / Community Activist who constantly championed the rights of the little people as well as representing the concerns of top corporate entities. She helped many start businesses in Harlem including Harlem Coop...
03/02/2010 Mrs. Ruby Kitchen is a women who I have known all my life growing up in Harlem.  For as long as I can remember she has been President of the Tenant Association in the Martin Luther King Jr. Housing Development and also has a ranking position within the...
02/28/2010 Morgan and Marvin Smith are twin brothers who came to Harlem in 1933 from Lexington Kentucky with dreams of captioning via their cameras the remaining days of the Harlem Renaissance.  By 1933 the stock market crash of 1929  rocked the core of downtown Wall...
02/16/2010 In 1991 in preparation to build a federal office building in Lower Manhattan at 290 Broadway, mandatory analysis revealed the existence of a burial ground consisting of the remains of African slaves who lived in the city during the 17th and 18th centuries....
o2/10/2010 As you can see in the below video clip, Ya Boy had a cool time today in Morningside Park with the kiddies.  Slipping down a snow covered hill, picking up speed and not knowing what’s going to happen at the bottom – then BOOM.  Lots of laughter...
02/07/2010 During Black History Month 2005 Harlem Heritage Tours had the pleasure of working with many within the arts community including one of my favorite poets “Harlem 125”.  I experienced Harlem 125’s work for the first time at a poetry function...
On Feb. 17th 2005, I attended the unveiling of “Higher Ground”: statue designed by Sculptor, Branly Cadet in honor of famed Congressman and religious leader Dr. Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. The location of statue is fitting (125th St. & Adam Clayton...
01/25/2010 One of the first theme tours I conducted back in 2000 was based on the Life and times of Malcolm X, the biggest fan of the idea was an older gentlemen I just met named Professor Wilcox.  I was in search for anything I could find in reference to the presence...
01/25/2010 The above picture (1979) is of Filmmaker Bill Miles and noted Novelist James Baldwin during preparation for James Baldwins inclusion in “I Remember Harlem” Bill Miles would often tell us stories about meeting James Baldwin and what an...
1/20/2010 The other day I was organizing some things in my office, getting ready for Black History Month and came across a bag of old mini dv cassettes. Instantly I remembered hiding them a year a ago in the same place I found them. This find prompted me to recover...
01/12/2010  I remember when I was a kid in Harlem (below 10 years of age), all I needed for the day was one dollar and I could eat like a king at places like Mikes News stand.  Back then the bags of potato chips were 10 cents and the 16 oz. sodas were 25 cents –...
01/12/2010 I took this picture of Mr. Percy Sutton (Center) in 2000 while conducting a tour of Harlem for the above group from LaGuardia Community College.  Shortly after starting the tour we encountered Mr. Percy Sutton who was on his way to the Schomburg Center for...
  “Heritage Lady Harlem” light thermal Harlem Heritage Tours logo shirt – limited supply. Price: $20.00 Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL Colors:  The classic black and white & white and...