Harlem Week began in 1975 as Harlem Day, which was a one-day tribute to Harlem's glorious history, and to a community of people who live, work, play, learn and worship together. It was a day of encouragement to New Yorkers in general and Harlemites in particular who had struggled for some twenty-five plus years to see a positive future for Urban America and for ethnic diversity.
Harlem Week grew out of the desire to bring the revitalization of Harlem as the world-renowned Black and Latino cultural capitol of America. The intent was to put Harlem back at the forefront of urban, cultural, ethnic, educational, political, recreational and religious leadership — as it had been in the 1920's, 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's.
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