What is Harlem?

  • (noun): A district of Manhattan; now largely a Black ghetto.


Harlem is a large neighborhood within the northern section of the New York City borough of Manhattan. Since the 1920s, Harlem has been known as a major African-American residential, cultural and business center. Originally a Dutch village, formally organized in 1658, it is named after the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands. Harlem was annexed to New York City in 1873. Harlem can be separated into three separate yet cohesive main sections: Central Harlem, West Harlem, and East Harlem. Harlem has been defined by a series of boom-and-bust cycles, with significant population shifts accompanying each cycle.

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List Of Delta Sigma Theta Sisters - "Delta Girl" - Arts and Entertainment - Artists and Illustrators
... an active role in the AA arts community in Harlem Former director of the Harlem Community Art Center of the N.Y.C ... One of the most revered poets of the New Negro Era (Harlem Renaissance) Poetry reflected themes of the New Negro Era--racial pride, rediscovery of Africa, celebration of blackness Frequent ...
Coalition To Save Harlem
... The Coalition to Save Harlem (CSH) is a collection of individuals and organizations brought together for the purpose of reclaiming, preserving and protecting the community of the Village of Harlem ... The Coalition to Save Harlem advocates for community improvement and development however it believes strongly that development must be in the best interest of the long-time residents of the Harlem community and ... The Coalition to Save Harlem advocates for housing rights and the rights of locally owned business and street vendors members also address issues regarding gentrification, education, housing, employment and economics ...
Boston Corners (NYCRR Station) - History
... Boston Corners was the first stop of the Harlem Division in Columbia County ... This now situated about 400 feet (120 m) of the Harlem Line in New York state ... Service on the Harlem at Boston Corners was reduced many times in the 20th century, and in 1940 it was reduced to a flag stop ...

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    It doesn’t do good to open doors for someone who doesn’t have the price to get in. If he has the price, he may not need the laws. There is no law saying the Negro has to live in Harlem or Watts.
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911)

    Morality becomes hypocrisy if it means accepting mothers’ suffering or dying in connection with unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions and unwanted children.
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