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Brooklyn Atoms Track Club Founder Fred Thompson Dies at Home

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February is Black History Month. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history..”You will see various articles focusing on individuals, organizations and events celebrating Black History. Earlier this month Assemblymember Inez Dickens featured an event at MIST Harlem honoring Leaders in the community with the first annual Charles B. Rangel Awards. (see page 17) You can read past issue of the Harlem Community News on our website: www. harlemcommunitynews. com

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Harlem Educator plays a role in New York Celebrating Black History Month Marisol Rodríguez


Bedford admitted he was

is much more important than the

s we start to see television

nervous to be front-in-center in-

anti-lynching movement, because

shows and school bulle-

terviewing the governor. He high-

there would be no lynching if it did

tin boards featuring Black

lighted other activists in the group

not start in the schoolroom.”

historical figures, we recognize

including Van Johnson and Wayne

In the 1970s activist educators

these as markers of the celebra-

Dunham, both former presidents of

and the Black United Students or-

tion of Black History Month in

the NAACP Chapter in Syracuse;

ganization at Kent State University

February. One Harlem educator

Charles Anderson, former TV pro-

became the first group to cele-

was part of getting Black Histo-

ducer and host on Insight; Gilda

brate Black History Month. This

ry Month officially recognized in

Geiss, former Chairperson of the

sparked local coalitions through-

New York State. At the College of

Democratic Committee of upstate

out the country to advocate for a

New Rochelle Rosa Parks Campus

New York; and Roosevelt Wright,

month-long celebration versus a

on 125th Street, Errol Bedford, Di-

Communications Professor at Syr-

week. In New York student activ-

acuse University.

ists worked with the Pan African/

Mr. Errol Bedford

rector of Student Success, supports

Robert Starling Pritchard and Errol Bedford on far left with Governor Mario Cuomo and Mayor Lee Alexander signing Black History Month proclamation (1983 news clip courtesy of Errol Bedford).

Black History Month sprouted

Pan American Association led by

from the efforts of Historian, au-

Robert Starling Pritchard, not only

state coalition to get Black His-

thor, and journalist Carter Wood-

an activist but a renowned concert

Bedford. He began using his me-

tory month recognized encour-

son who founded “National Negro

pianist. In an interview with The

students in planning campus activ-

around the failure of a true rec-

ities, connecting to internships and

ognition and celebration of Black

community service opportunities.

History Month, according to Bed-

minority cultures,” commented

But back in the 1980s, as a mem-


ber of the Minority Cultural Soci-

While studying at Le Moyne,

dia platform to expose local social

aged Bedford’s involvement. At

Week” back in 1926, choosing the

Buffalo News, Pritchard said,“...

ety, a campus club for students of

Bedford, a Bronx native and

justice issues through interviews

21-years-old he became the young-

week of Abraham Lincoln’s and

being black in American terms was

color at Le Moyne College in Syr-

graduate of Cardinal Hayes high

with activists like Iroquois Chief

est to join their efforts which led to

Frederick Douglass’ birthdays. It

a stigma. It was something I would

acuse, Bedford was gaining con-

school, got an internship at the

Oren Lyons, who was involved in

New York State Governor Mario

was Woodson who also acknowl-

carry with me all my life. I had the

sciousness about an issue he would

ABC affiliate station in Syracuse

a movement against the displace-

Cuomo and Syracuse Mayor Lee

edged the importance of using

choice to regard it as a stigma or as

later play a role in.



ment of the indigenous Iroquois

Alexander signing a proclamation

education to challenge racism and

a badge of honor … and avoid the

Although February had been

where he became a TV Produc-

community through a proposed ex-

in 1983 to recognize February as

founded The Association for the

consuming hate of racism.”

officially designated Black History

er for Insight, a community news

pansion of the Le Moyne campus.

Black History Month and incorpo-

Study of African American Life

Month by President Gerald Ford in

program. “There were not many

After seeing his news cov-

rate Black History into state school

and History (ASALH). Woodson

1976, there was a collective angst

shows that highlighted aspects of

erage, leaders in the New York

curriculum during the month.

had once stated, “This crusade


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Brooklyn Privately-Owned Pop Up Spaces in City’s Logo Design Contest


ayor Bill de Blasio, the Department of City Planning (DCP), The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), and Advocates for Privately Owned Public Space (APOPS) announced the kickoff to an international design competition seeking a new logo for more than 550 Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) across the city. POPS are indoor and outdoor spaces (e.g., street-level plazas, arcades, atriums) next to privately owned office or residential towers. The spac-

es are dedicated to public use and are owned and maintained by private property owners. In Brooklyn there are eight privately owned public spaces throughout the Downtown and Fort Greene area: 1. 203 Jay Street (public plaza) 2. Renaissance Plaza, 350 Jay Street (urban plaza) 3. 1 MetroTech Center (commons and public areas) 4. 111 Livingston Street (plaza) 5. Livingston Plaza, 130 Livingston Street 6. 343 Gold Street, Avalon

Fort Greene, (residential plaza) 7. 230 Ashland Place, Forte, (residential plaza) 8. 620 Fulton Street (public plaza) In 2017, the city passed a law requiring that all POPS display signage, informing visitors about the hours of access, required amenities (such as seating, water fountains, restrooms), info on who owns and manages the space, and how to report any complaints. The new logo will be included on POPS signage across the city, helping to create a consistent vi-

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sual identity for the program. Entries will be accepted from around the world and the deadline to enter is Fri-

day, March 15, 2019. No fee is required to submit an entry. Submissions will be posted online and displayed at a pub-

lic exhibit in March, allowing the public to see all the logo designs and vote for a favorite. Along with the public vote, a panel of seven judges will select up to three finalists, each of whom will receive $2,000. DCP Chair Marisa Lago will pick the winning logo, awarding the designer with an additional $2,000 prize. The winning NYC POPS logo will be announced online on Monday, May 20th, 2019. Find out more about NYC’s Privately-Owned Public Space Logo Design Competition at popslogo. nyc.

Brooklyn Atoms Track Club Founder Fred Thompson Dies at Home


Mr. Thompson with Ashley Armond, 8, before the Colgate Mr. Thompson in 1985. Jose R. Lopez/The New Women’s Games tryouts in 2000. Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times York Times

ford-Stuyvesant community center, mostly out of frustration with New York City public schools that, for budgetary and other reasons, limited the participation of girls, but not necessarily of boys, in physical education and high school sports. Mr. Thompson was also the founding organizer of the annual Colgate Women’s Games, the nation’s largest amateur track series for wom-

en. Since 1974, the games, open to girls and women from elementary school through college (and with a competitive division for women over 30), have attracted thousands of participants, mostly from East Coast states, to various venues from Boston to Virginia. A former track star at Boys High School in Brooklyn and the City College of New York, Mr. Thompson inspired

remarkable loyalty in his Atoms, which often had 40 to 50 members. Most were runners, some as young as 9, but most were teenagers who regarded him as a counselor, friend and father figure. He paid nearly all the expenses of the club, which was independent of schools or sponsors. Early on, the Atoms practiced in community center hallways or in locked schoolyards (by scaling fences at

twilight). Eventually he found a home for the club at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. His coaching combined sophisticated training techniques with one-on-one skull sessions. Beyond coaching, he demanded good grades and personal responsibility from his athletes. “The Atoms stands for excellence in education, trying to better yourself in this society and one way to do that is to go to college and get that piece of paper.” For many Atoms, the club was a refuge from broken homes and lives of poverty, as well as a path to education and upward mobility. In time, despite financial and logistical obstacles and a lack of the public support that flows readily to football, basketball and baseball, the club became a symbol of inner-city success as its runners won regional, national and finally Olympic recognition. Its stars included Cheryl Toussaint-Eason, a silver medalist at the 1972 Munich Olympics in the 1,600-meter relay and a gold medalist at the Pan American Games; Diane Dixon, who won Olympic gold

in Los Angeles in 1984 in the 400-meter relay and was an 11time national indoor champion; and Grace Jackson-Small, the silver medalist in the 200-meter sprint at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Mr. Thompson was an assistant coach of the United States track team in Seoul. Many of the Atoms’ victories could not be clocked by stopwatches. In its first 15 years, the club produced 50 college graduates, a remarkable record given the economic status of their families. They became teachers, lawyers, nurses, psychologists, entrepreneurs — and mothers. “But we’ve lost some, too,” he added. “We had a little girl we called Cricket who still holds the 100-yard dash record for 12- and 13-year-olds, but the streets got her. She stopped coming to practice. Another girl, a shot-putter named Diane, they found her dead from an overdose of drugs. I made all my girls go to her funeral. It wasn’t easy; they were crying and took it hard, but I thought it was something they should see.”

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red Thompson, who founded a Brooklyn track club for girls and young women in 1963 and coached national and Olympic medalists as he championed the cause of female track-andfield athletes for a half-century, died on Tuesday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 85. Lorna Forde, a former track star for Mr. Thompson, said the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Frederick Delano Thompson was born in Brooklyn on May 21, 1933. When he was 5, his parents, Hector Joseph Thompson and Evelyn Cethas, split up, and Fred and his brother, John, were sent to live with an aunt, Ira Johnson, who had a deep influence on the boys. “Life is two things,” Mr. Thompson recalled her saying. “One, get an education, because once you have a college diploma nobody can take that away from you. And two, get involved with people.” A lawyer and former New York State assistant attorney general, Mr. Thompson founded the Atoms Track Club of Brooklyn in a Bed-




A Dream Deferred — Is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Just Another Elusive Dream? By Dr. Elizabeth V. Primas, Program Manager, NNPA ESSA Awareness Campaign


with a bad teacher can put a child three

n 1951, Langston Hughes laid bare

Obama). The most recent re-authoriza-

years behind. Now, think about what

the anxious aspirations of millions

tion, the “Every Student Succeeds Act”

happens after years of neglect and lack

of Black people in America with

(ESSA) was signed into law by Presi-

of advocacy.

his poem, “A Dream Deferred.” In

So, what happens to a dream de-

dent Obama in 2015.

1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. re-

In previous re-authorizations of

ment gap. But, again, I wonder if we

minded America of the promissory note


ESEA, emphasis was placed on stu-

are setting the bar too low. I am not

Parents hold tight to your dreams

written to its citizens guaranteeing life,

dents’ ability to pass rigorous standards

convinced that assisting schools in the

for your children’s futures. Be present

liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, in

in order to proceed from one grade to

bottom underperforming 5% will make

in the school, be the squeaky wheel and

his “I Have a Dream” speech.

the next. However, data from the Na-

a significant impact on closing the

don’t be afraid to demand the best for

In 1964, President Lyndon B. John-

tional Assessment of Educational Prog-

achievement gap in any city.

your children. Don’t stop at the class-

son attempted to make good on that

ress (NAEP) show that a measurable

promise by signing the Civil Rights Act

achievement gap has persisted.

Still, I find hope in the new report-

room or schoolhouse door if you aren’t

ing guidelines outlined in ESSA. ESSA

satisfied with the education your chil-

into law. And in 1965, President John-

As education leaders review the

requires State Education Agencies

dren are receiving. The race for educa-

son sought to ensure equitable access to

individual state plans that have been

(SEAs) and Local Education Agencies

tional advocacy is a run for your child’s

these unalienable rights by signing the

developed and approved in keeping

(LEAs) to develop school report cards

quality of life.

Elementary and Secondary Education

with the Every Student Succeeds Act,

so parents can compare which school is

Act (ESEA) into law.

it is obvious that many states are mak-

the best fit for their children.

Be the Parent Teacher Association’s (PTA) president. Be the neigh-

As a part of Johnson’s “War on

ing an attempt to prioritize equity over

District report cards must include

borhood advisory commissioner. Be

Poverty,” ESEA was supposed to assist

performance. Some states have set

the professional qualifications of educa-

the next school board member. Be the

students of color in receiving a quality

timelines for their accountability mea-

tors, including the number and percent-

next mayor of your city. Be on the City

education, thereby helping lift them

sures, signifying the urgency of the

age of novice personnel, teachers with

Council. Run for Congress. Be all that

from poverty.

problem, while other states continue

emergency credentials, and teachers

you want your children to be. Be the

To date, ESEA remains one of the

to miss the mark by setting goals that

teaching outside their area of expertise.


most impactful education laws ever rat-

are too distant, including the proposal

States must also report per-pupil

ified. ESEA established education fund-

of a twenty-year timetable to close the

spending for school districts and indi-

For more information on how you

ing formulas, guided academic stan-

achievement gap.

vidual schools. Expenditures must be

can get engaged, go to essa

dards, and outlined state accountability.

I am concerned about ESSA State

reported by funding source and must

Since Johnson, presidents have

plans such as these, that pass the buck

include actual personnel salaries, not

re-authorized and/or launched new

to future generations of educators and

district or state averages.

initiatives safeguarding the intentions

set the bar too low for vulnerable stu-

of ESEA. Some of the most notable

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dren. Research shows that just one year

dent populations.

Vol. 24, No 6 February 7 2019

Be Engaged.

Elizabeth Primas is an educator who spent more than 40 years working

Parents must get engaged to hold

to improve education for children. She

legislators and educators accountable

is the program manager for the NN-

re-authorizations have been “No Child

In several states, schools that per-

for their ESSA State Plans. Parents

PA’s Every Student Succeeds Act Public

Left Behind” (2001, George W. Bush)

form in the bottom 5% will receive

must also hold themselves accountable

Awareness Campaign. Follow her on

and “Race to the Top” (2009, Barack

funding to assist in closing the achieve-

in prioritizing the education of our chil-

Twitter @elizabethprimas.

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Mayor de Blasio and HUD Secretary Carson agree to fix NYCHA Housing By Michelle Deal Winfield


ayor de Blasio and Dr. Carson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) held a press conference to outline a negotiated plan to ameliorate outstanding problems in the New York City Housing Authority, NYCHA. NYCHA is the largest city owned housing properties in the nation. Emerging from hours of negotiations between HUD, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) and the City, a document was distributed at 26 Federal Plaza, on the 36th floor in Manhattan.

On January 31, 2019, the agreement, outlined operating procedures, specific timelines, community engagement, and a change in leadership focused on how to fix outstanding problems with respect to inspections. It states: “…all maintenance repairs are performed by established industry standards and workmanship; and properties will meet HUD’s decent, safe, sanitary and in good repair standards.” With this agreement, the Mayor called for a nationwide search saying, “We can now begin to replace the Interim CEO Stanley Brezenoff.” After praising Stanley Brezenoff

and the entire team, the Mayor encouraged nominations for the job as Monitor. The plan referred to as the 201 plan is a 10 year plan which allocates 2.2 billion dollars for repairs to NYCHA apartments. The plan high-

lighted the following problems: lack of heat, malfunctioning elevators, existing vermin and roaches, mold and lead base paint. The Monitor will submit quarterly reports. Standing at the podium, Secretary Carson pledged,

“The federal government will send 20 – 30 million dollars a week to support the NYCHA properties. We must find the root causes and fix the problems. Residents living in public housing, assisted living and affordable housing need a safe

and nurturing environment.” Mayor de Blasio commented, “I will look into selling air rights and have a conversation with Senator Schumer on obtaining additional funds for NYCHA properties.” Mayor de Blasio and Secretary Carson both mutually agreed to be accountable and transparent while achieving goals. Ending, the Mayor said, “There are 400,000 people living in NYCHA. They are hard-working, some working two jobs to have decent housing. We, looking at Secretary Carson, inherited systemic problems that were neglected for years. Secretary Carson said, “I have faith in New York.”


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Making Black Lives Matter in NYC Schools (Feb 8)

ation Join us for world premiere of I Could Tell You ‘Bout My Life (2018, 26 min) about Michael Martin who was arrested at the age of 17 and sentenced to five months in jail at Rikers Island. The screening will be followed by conversation with Martin and activists addressing the power of art to address mass incarceration. Tickets: $12-15. Museum of the City of NY, 1220 Fifth Ave. Feb 8 6:00-8:00pm Making Black Lives Matter in New York City Schools This discussion will consider recent developments in education policy in NYC in relation to structural racism. Public school parent and award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones joins teacher José Vilson and high school students Xoya David and Joshua Brown to talk about what needs to change for Black Lives to truly matter in our schools. Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. FREE. Feb 9 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST 2019 Black Lives Matter Teen Conference + Teen Night The day will include activist teach-ins, youthled panel discussions, teen performances, and interactive arts and media workshops, and a Teen Night Open Mic Edition from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. @ 135th St. FREE.

Feb. 9 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Love Your Body Fitness Marathon Join us at Pelham Fritz for a day of fitness, fun, and cardio! Come experience 10 instructors and classes over for five hours. Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with your body and set up new goals for this new year! This event is FREE and open to the public. Contact Lasharn Cooper (646) 477-2354 or email lasharn.cooper@ Pelham Fritz Recreation Center in Marcus Garvey Park Feb 9 2:00- 3:30pm Family Jazz Concert: How it Feels to be Free! Join Harlem School of the Arts for an interactive concert exploring the history of jazz and its significance in Harlem, America, and around the world. Featured performance by The Lee Hogan Quintet. HSA Gallery, 645 Saint Nicholas Ave. FREE.. RSVP Required. Go to for more info. Feb. 9 3:30 pm Move and Groove: Vinyasa Jazz Flow Join us every second Saturday afternoon for a 60 minute vinyasa flow set to tlive jazz. This carefully curated sequence seamlessly unites mind and body with skillful postures and mindful breathing. Flow towards deep relaxation. National Jazz Museum, 58 W. 129th St. Cost: $15.

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Feb. 9 7:30pm The Blue Notes Live Come and enjoy the music of the 70’s 80’s Motown and more old school style with a wonderful performance by the legendary Blue Notes. MIST, 46 W. 116th St. Tickets: $25 Call 646-326-0878 for more info. Feb 10 7:00pm Comedy Bingo Come see some of New York’s funniest upand-comers work in their “tv clean” sets and play bingo. Good clean family fun! FREE Bar Thalia, 2537 Broadway @ 95th St. Feb 11 6:30- 8:30pm Between the Lines: A Bold World by Jodie Patterson Join us for an evening with entrepreneur and activist Jodie Patterson to discuss her new memoir The Bold World with Tiq Milan, a media advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality. Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd. @ 135th St. FREE. February 13 - 17, 2019 The First Deep Breath Pastor Albert Jones plans a special church service to honor his late daughter Diane on the sixth anniversary of her death. But when his eldest son, Abdul-Malik, returns home from prison, the First family of Mother Bethel Baptist Church is forced to confront a hornet’s nest of long-buried secrets. With each member of the Jones clan desperately fighting to stay afloat, sometimes a

Harlem Fashion Week (Feb. 16)

family that stays together drowns together. National Black Theatre, 2031 5th Ave. Tickets: $20. For more tickets call 212-7223800 or visit Feb 14 7:30pm Dee Dee Bridgewater Live The fearless vocalist, peerless interpreter, master storyteller, and charismatic performer bring her incomparable artistry to a Valentine’s Day concert you won’t want to miss! Join her and her terrific trio - Carmen Staaf, Tabari Lake & Tyson Jackson for an unforgettable evening of romantic standards. Kaufmann Concert Hall at 92Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. Tickets from $35 February 14 7:30pm Uptown Nights: Mo Beasley’s UrbanErotika This live neo-burlesque variety show celebrating erotic love through poetry, spoken word, music, dance, and multimedia arts features works that ranges from the soft and sensual to the bold and audacious; reflecting the full spectrum of romantic and sensual love in a healthy journey of fantasy and desire. Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Ave. Tickets: $25. Feb 15 11:00am- 1:00pm Lunar New Year Celebration Come out for a community Lunar New Year celebrating the year of the pig sponsored by NYC City Council mem-

ber Diana Ayala. Johnson Homes Community Center, 1833 Lexington Ave. FREE. Call 212-8289800 to RSVP. Feb 16 2:00-4:00pm A Talk on Puerto Rican and Black Solidarity! Join The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign for our special Black History Month forum. Panelist include Carlos “Carlito” Rovira, former Young Lord; Prof. Hank Willams, Educator/Activist/Journalist; Prof. Johanna Fernandez, Educator/Campaign to Bring Mumia Home. Donation: $5-$10 Sliding scale (No one will be turned away). Light refreshments will be served! Book and Poster raffles as well! Iglesia Santa Cruz, 715 W. 179th St. Feb 16 7:00pm Harlem Fashion Week Harlem Fashion Week will introduce a new era of fashion culture to the Harlem community inspired by its rich cultural heritage. Our continuous goal is to produce an event that will showcase the fashion industry, provide business education for emerging designers, grow Harlem businesses and create a platform for diversity in fashion. Museum of City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. Tickets start at $40, call 212.534.1672 for more info.



The Schomburg Center celebrates the 118th birthday of Langston Hughes


were served, with hors d’oeuvres from Melba’s soul food restaurant. The small bites of chicken, macaroni and cheese, fish were served butler style. Guests were encouraged to dress in a Harlem speakeasy theme. Renee Allen and Virginia Price arrived ready to dance the night away. When the guests returned to the Langston Hughes auditorium, the party had already begun. A band playing reminded the audience of Harlem decades long ago. Ambassador Shirley Barnes from Washington D.C., a Patron, said, “I decided to wear this blouse which featured the faces of many known blacks.” Toni Peterson, another Patron, proudly said, “We must always support.” The evening was wellplanned, at the entrance Kevin Young had provided gift magnets embossed with a poem by Langston Hughes, “My People.” Helen Brodie Baldwin from Lennox Terrance, and former Executive Director of Minisink Town House and Camp tucked her gift away for safe-keeping. Many guests remarked how coming to the Schomburg Center felt like home.


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Negro Theater downstairs which was the birthplace of black theater, acquire more acquisitions of black women, expand the breath of information in the Africana Heritage Newsletter, and increase funding for the continued work of the Center. He seemed excited about his latest acquisitions of papers and artifacts from: James Baldwin, Sonny Rollins, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Ann Petry (first black published novelist) and the Harlem Night Club map. Proudly, Young shared how he won the bid for the “lost” chapter of the Autobiography of Malcolm X. Mr. Young ended by extending an invitation, by saying, “Please return to the Center and read the “lost” chapter and view the notations made by Malcolm X and Alex Haley.” At the Langston Hughes pop-up exhibit, drinks inspired by a Harlem theme


By Michelle Deal Winfield n Friday, February 1, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture founded in 1925, threw a party celebration in honor of the 118th birthday of Langston Hughes. Mr. Hughes lived in Harlem during the era of the Harlem Renaissance at 20 East 127th Street and died in 1967. He was referred to as the “Poet Laureate of Harlem.” As a poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright, and lyricist Langston rubbed shoulders with Richard Wright, Countee Cullen, and Zora Neal Hurston. The celebration included a presentation by Director Kevin Young. A reception, a pop-up Langston Hughes exhibit, an artistic show of music and finally a speakeasy for dancing was staged in the lobby. Kevin Young, Director of the Schomburg Center held the audience’s attention as he shared Langston Hughes’ Harlem Renaissance legacy linking it to the past, and he demonstrated how his work inspired generations. Young is well-known in literary circles. He has authored thirteen books, most recently, “Bunk: The history of hoaxes.” Mr. Young laid out his upcoming initiatives for the Center. Some of them were: revive the American




Black History Month: Two Centuries of Black History and the Black Press By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia

and Cornish who dared first to publish the


‘race news’ through the lens of a long struggle

defend the dignity, honor and character of Black

ica has been on the frontlines of social change

Justice,”journalist Tony Pecinovsky noted

and notes that early twentieth century commer-

people, however, Russwurm and Cornish said

in the United States for [more than 190] years.

that the rocky relationship between journalism

cial publishers proudly traced their lineage back

they, ‘wish to plead our own cause.’”

“Today, more than ever, the Black Press re-

and the struggle for African-American equali-

to black journalism’s beginnings… to its very

Without the Black Press, genuine stories

ty, like any other courtship, is full of ebbs and

first newspaper, Freedom’s Journal, which was

of African-Americans would go untold, Robert

flows, fluctuations that often times mirror larger

founded in 1827,” Pecinovsky said.

W. Bogle, the publisher of the “The Philadel-

“Today, the NNPA continues this irre-

“Freedom’s Journal.”

n the March 2018 story, “Race News:

“Thankfully, Carroll also sees the role of

“Some White newspaper publishers sought to

Chavis said that the Black Press in Amer-

Chronicling the Black Press and fight for

societal changes.

He also noted that the “black news in-

mains the trusted and audacious voice of Black America,” said Chavis.

Press plays a large role in telling the stories of

African-Americans into the bustling publish-

phia Tribune,” said during a recent NNPA

pressible tradition of publishing truth to power.

those communities.

ing business. At the time, Blacks in America


Our freedom fighting publishers are all united

“Exploring this relationship, in all its nu-

dustry was owned, produced, and consumed

ance and complexity, is especially important

primarily independent of white oversight,”

today as we try to discern and understand con-

thereby enabling black journalists to “package

temporary reality, a reality the Trump Admin-

their mission of ending racial discrimination

“We rally to support athletes and artists

istration increasingly attempts to obscure and

and securing citizenship rights within a prof-

mystify with its reliance on “alternative facts…’

She said African Americans need to honor

Bogle said that only Black people can tell

as we reaffirm the vital importance and rel-

their stories accurately. “We are as relevant to-

evance of the Black Press now and into the

However, John Russwurm and Reverend

day as we were when the ‘Freedom’s Journal’


who are ‘wronged’ by the system but what we

Samuel Cornish rose up bravely, declaring that,

said they wanted to tell our story in our words,”

it-oriented, objective presentation of current

fail to honor is the voice of the Black Press that

“We wish to plead our own cause. Too long

said Bogle.

‘…facts’ that oftentimes lack quantifiable, tan-

events designed to cater to the many interests of

has been capturing our stories for centuries,”

have others spoken for us.”

gible evidence,” Pecinovsky said.

the largest possible black readership.”

Brown said.


weren’t even considered citizens, most were slaves and forbidden to read or write.

And, as African Americans and others observe Black History Month, Brown said she’d

NNPA, the Black Press of America,

like to see the Black Press continue to capture

Dorothy Leavell, publisher of the historic

represents more than 215 African-American

current events that aren’t borne from reports done by other media outlets.

The Black Press remains as viable as ever.

“Long before Black Twitter and online

“Chicago Crusader” newspaper and Chairman

owned newspapers and media companies

book, “Race News: Black Journalists and the

“The Black Press is an aspect of the fab-

blogs … and so the Black Press is not only an

of the National Newspaper Publishers Associ-

around the country with a combined weekly

Fight for Racial Justice in the Twentieth Cen-

ric of the Black existence in America that is

essential voice, but it is also a historical and

ation (NNPA), said in an earlier interview that

subscribership of more than 22 million.

tury,” is a welcome addition to the understand-

not getting enough attention or support from

cultural archaeological goldmine that we must

when Russwurm and Cornish established the

When celebrating the 190th anniversary

with the spirit of our ancestors to get our own

ing of both journalistic and African-American

the community,” Kisha A. Brown, the found-


Black Press by publishing “Freedom’s Jour-

of the Black Press in 2017, NNPA President

bootstraps to pull ourselves up with,” Brown


er and CEO of Justis Connection, told NNPA

nal,” they wanted to provide a voice for Black

and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., said that



March 16, 2017 is a sacred historical day in the

“Black entrepreneurs are daring to defy

The Black Press became one of the only

long, multi-dimensional freedom struggle of

the business norms in an effort to explore finan-

means of communication between Black peo-

African people in America and throughout the

cial freedom and chart new territory that we can


world, because of the courage of Russwurm

call our own.”

In that context, he said Fred Carroll’s

Some historians have rightly begun to

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“Black men and women were vilified in the New York press in the 1800s,” Leavell said.


One of the oldest Black-owned business industries in America, The Black Press began more than 191 years ago.

see the struggle for African-American equality

Justis Connection is an organization com-

through the lens of the “long Civil Rights rev-

mitted to connecting top legal talent of color to

On March 16, 1827, the first edition of


local communities and Brown said the Black

“Freedom’s Journal” was published, thrusting

“Tell the story of the Black entrepreneur. There are so many people who are reconnecting

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The Disrupt Harlem Code Squad is “Another Example of Black Brilliance” Story and photos by: Makeda Viechweg “Disruptors” put their skills

er of Chatdesk; and Mitchell Green,

to the test and demonstrated their

Principal at The Growth Group,

startups to judges and guests on

LLC. The judges were looking for

January 31 at Harlem Business Al-

common thread business practices,

liance (HBA) Creative Workspace

creativity, strong business plans,

at 275 Lenox Avenue. HBA creat-

confident delivery, and spirit. At the

ed Disrupt Harlem Code Squad, a

end of the night they selected the

Harlem based tech and entrepre-

Disruptors that ranked in Top Score

neurship program, to teach inner

and Top Disruptor.

city youth about coding.

Wine and soul food were served

Philomena Boateng sharing inspiring words to audience.

Disrupt Harlem Demo Day Panel of Judges

Special Congratulations to Disruptor Aniya Carter for winning Top Score/Best Startup!

“We are here for the minorities

for guests, creating an electrifying

Hamid CTO, and Roshawn Smith

Leon K. Jones a Small Busi-

Sulayman Dukuray came to

edge House in the Bronx on Febru-

in the Harlem Community. It’s real-

networking atmosphere. Disruptors

CEO of Cop It, a fashion app that

ness Specialist shared some wise

support his friend and felt inspired

ary 4 to meet with the institution’s

ly about exposing careers and giv-

got the chance to mingle with their

lets you know what brand a clothing

words on entrepreneurship and the

by the demonstrations. “I am defi-

founders to further their skills in

ing them a space in the future,” said

respected guests before demonstra-

item is, the cost, and where to get

corporate world to the audience:

nitely thinking about enrolling. I


Program Director of HBA and the

tions, making it an awe-inspiring

it, just by taking a picture. Brian

“I admire all of you young people

took a coding class in High School

“Tonight was another example

Code Squad, Philomena Boateng.

event in the Harlem community.

Newton CMO and Amantina Sosa

here who are into entrepreneur-

and it was difficult. But if my guy

of Black brilliance. It’s difficult to

Here is a summary of the Dis-

CEO and CTO of Connections, a

ship because I have spent over 30

could do it, so could I. They all

get through, to push through this

young people who are eager to

ruptors’ startups: Aniya Carter, CEO

company that supports people who

plus years in the corporate world...

make me want to create some-

challenge. And I’m happy that we

learn about computer science, web

of Jigsaw, describes her company

are just starting out, unlike the so-

there is no security in the corporate I’m so inspired,” said

are able to support you through this

development, and app creation, ac-

as a dating service for business. It

cial network Linkedin.

world. It doesn’t matter how well


process,” concluded HBA Execu-

cording to the HBA website.

connects prospect job applicants to

Judges and guests loved what

you do what you do, they will find

Judges awarded Aniya Carter

The panel of four judges in-

employers and companies. Tammuz

the Disruptors had to offer and gave

someone that can do that equally as

as Top Score, and Top Disruptors

To learn more about the HBA

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to Mark Farrel and Amantina Sosa.

Disrupt Harlem Code Squad visit

Idea Curator at Idea Manufactur-

active app that is built to enhance

erytime,” said Judge Gina B. Ram-

gone. Get involved in some entre-

Each winner will receive a special or call 212-

er; Carl Napoleon, CEO of Global

the connections between Artist and

charan, “but this is one of the best

preneurship. Do something where

prize for their achievements. All


Meetr; Andrew Olaleye, Co-found-

Listener. Mark Farrel CMO, AJ

presentations...the best cohort.”

you can depend on yourself.”

Disruptors headed to the Knowl-

The 16-week program is free to

tive Director Regina Smith.

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Mother AME Zion Church Rich Background as The Freedom Church By Lil Nickelson


Zion,” was founded in Harlem to serve the local black population and the founding church at Leonard Street began to be known as “Mother” Zion. The present name of the church was officially approved in 1848. James Varick, the first bishop of AME Zion was originally buried in the Colored Union Cemetery (now Woodlawn), but his remains were moved and are encrypted at Mother Zion. Early nineteenth-century Zion Church history was characterized by outspoken activism in the abolitionist movement and some of the most famous names in the struggle against slavery were members of the A.M.E. Zion denomination. Sojourner Truth, born a slave in New York State and freed upon the state’s Emancipation Day, July 4, 1827, was a member of Mother Zion, speaking often at the Leonard Street pulpit against human bondage. Freedom’s Journal, the first black newspaper in the U.S. operated from the basement of the church its first year of operation from May 1827 to May 1828. Nationally, the A.M.E. Zion Church Conference became popularly known as the “Freedom Church,” a name the church still embraces to this day. Harriet Tubman, a champion of the Underground Railroad, and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass were both Zion Conference members, Douglass being a pastor of the A.M.E. Zion Church in Rochester, N.Y. Many Zion Conference churches were part of the network of Underground

Exterior of the church

Railroad “stations,” including Mother Zion. At the church’s fiftieth anniversary (1846), ninety-nine churches located in the United States, Canada, and Caribbean were members of the Zion Conference of Churches. By the advent of the Civil War, “Old Zion,” as the originating church was often called, was also known as the “’Mother’ of African Churches.” Julia A.J. Foote was ordained as the first woman deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1893 and the second to be ordained as an elder. She is buried in a cemetery owned by Mother Zion (Zion Gardens of Cypress Hills in Brooklyn, N.Y.) During the pastorate of the Reverend James Walter Brown (tenure 1912-1936), Mother Zion moved in 1925 for a third time in the twentieth century to the church’s sixth and present location at 137th Street. On Monday, Sept. 21, 1925, the New York Times reported, “more than 7,000 Negroes attended the opening yesterday of the new $450,000 church of the Mother African Methodist Episcopal Congregation at

Interior of the church

140-146 West 137th Street.” Mother Zion, which at the time claimed 3,000 members, had moved once more, continued the “each time moving further uptown with the Negro colony. America’s first black female millionaire Madame C.J. Walker and NYC’s first black police officer Samuel J. Battle were also members of Mother Zion’s congregation. At Mother Zion’s 150-year sesquicentennial (1946), two weeks of daily celebrations attracted national attention. A one thousand voice choir was assembled, and a parade drew thousands of participants along Seventh Avenue. Commemorative events were held at several locations. New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey addressed church members at Carnegie Hall, and at Madison Square Garden, congratulatory speeches were made by Mary McLeod Bethune and Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (who was also the minister at neighboring Abyssinian Baptist Church). A Mother Zion delegation was also received at the White House by President Harry S. Truman.

Rev. Richard Chapple, Jr.

Dr. Benjamin C. Robeson, who served until 1963, appealed also to influential and notable Harlem citizens. Robeson’s civil rights crusade attracted Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Marion Anderson, Roland Hayes, and Joe Louis. Often, the Zion pulpit was a platform for the social and political activism of the pastor’s more famous brother, Paul Robeson. Mother Zion’s current senior minister is The Rev. Professor Richard Chapple, Jr., a psycho therapist by trade who arrived in July 2013 after the annual general conference that year to a resistant and hostile congregation. His first goal was to get the church out of debt, some of which past ministers had illegally taken out without a plan for how the congregation would pay it back. Rev. Chapple made some good, sound financial decisions to dissipate their distrust that included selling the Varick Community Center to avoid losing it to foreclosure, as well as paying off $2.7 million in debts. In turn the church purchased a new office/community house complex named Varick House down the block from the former

community center to serve the mission of the center and Mother Zion. Rev. Chapple’s second goal is working to bring about a new congregational personality and worship culture from the passive, Eurocentric congregation atmosphere that had traditionally prevailed. Christianity calls for hospitality, love for each other, justice and the acceptance of the humanity of others, including foreigners and strangers. So rather than treat international visitors as unwelcome, Mother Zion members are excited to meet them, and their church bulletin has a section to teach foreign guests about how Methodist worship. I attended worship service one recent Sunday before writing this article and Rev. Chapple said, “Whenever you are going through a struggle open your bible and take a good look at Jesus in Luke 22:30-46; Jesus is struggling so he understands our humanity. We just need to realize that God stands with us and our hope in God will see us through; just imagine. A worshipping, Holy spirit was moving through the service.

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other African Methodist Episcopal (“AME”) Zion Church is presently located in the village of Harlem at 140-6 West 137th Street in between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd and Lenox Avenue. With 223 years as a congregation, Mother Zion Church has played a significant role in American history as the first black church in New York City and New York State, as well as the founding church for the African Methodist Episcopal denomination of churches in the United States. Let’s go back in time to 1796 to the John Street Methodist Episcopal Church located at 44 John Street in between Nassau and William Streets in the Financial District of Manhattan. Today it is known as The John Street United Methodist Church, but in 1796 it was not so “united.” A handful of black people, free and enslaved grew tired of the separatist practices of the pre-dominantly white congregation and they walked out; James L. Varick was among them. They decided to establish a separate black church called Zion and started their church in a stable on Cross Street in what is now the City Hall area. On July 26, 1820, led by Varick, all but sixty-one of Zion’s 751 members voted formally to withdraw altogether from the white “Mother” Methodist Church denomination and form a separate “conference” of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Churches. In 1822, a branch, called “little




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Harlem Leaders Honored with the Charles B. Rangel Leadership Award By Pat Stevenson

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he Charles B. Rangel Leadership Awards were held on January 31st at Harlem MIST. The event was a

fund raiser presented by Assemblymember Inez E. Dickens who said, “ Rangel handpicked these individuals as unique and selfless leaders in our communities, cities and nation.” Former Congressman Charles B. Rangel is one of our greatest American leaders and fighters for social and economic justice. He is a Korean War Purple and Bronze Star Veteran. He is a former U. S. District Attorney and New York State Assemblymember for Harlem. He served 46 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was the first African-American Chair of the Influential House Ways and Means Committee. The honorees have all demonstrated to the village of Harlem and the world they are true leaders.

and surrounding communities. The organi-

revitalization efforts. Barbara is a strong

first weekly columnist in the Harlem Com-

Those honored included:

zation consists of over 800 richly diverse,

advocate for Harlem serving as the Chair

munity News and her unwavering faith in

Pat Stevenson is CEO and Publisher

Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III who is

emerging artists, as well as internationally

of the International Downtown Association

the future of what 125th Street could be and

of the Harlem Community Newspapers,

Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church.

acclaimed performers. He is an advocate for

and BID Manager’s Association.

has become helped me to be steadfast in my


He is President of the State University of

black economic and cultural empowerment.

On January 31st the freezing tempera-

efforts to continue to focus my publication’s

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focus on the “positive” and maintain as our, facebook: @Harlem-

John A. Catsimatidis, Chairman of

ture outside barely hit 11 degrees, however

Chairman and founder of the Abyssinian

Red Apple Group is an American billion-

the event inside the MIST was filled to ca-

Development Corporation. ADC has been

aire businessman, radio talk show host and

pacity with political and community leaders.

an engine for $500 million in housing and

philanthropist. He grew up on 135th Street in

The five individuals chosen by Rangel and

commercial development in Harlem. He is

central Harlem. He is the owner, president,

Rangel himself represent, among others, the

a national religious and social justice leader.

chairman and CEO of Gristedes Foods, the

driving engine of the development of Har-

Maria Cruz, Executive Director,

largest grocery chain in Manhattan and the

lem in the past couple of decades that has

ARCO Management Taino Towers. She

Red Apple Group, a real estate and aviation

changed this into one of the most desired

oversees, 656 subsidized rental apartment

company with about $3 billion in holdings

communities in which to live, work and

units in East Harlem. She is a Board Mem-

in New York, Florida and Pennsylvania. He

visit. I am proud to say that I am a resident

ber of East Harlem Council for Human Ser-

is an advocate and supporter of numerous

of Harlem and my business has been based

vices which provides bilingual programs to

youth organizations, educational institutions

in Harlem for the past almost 25 years now.

12,000 individuals. She is a prominent com-

and medical research group.

I have witnessed these individuals in action

Barbara Askins is President & CEO

and reported their accomplishments in the

of the 125th Street Business Improvement

Harlem Community News. I started the

Dr. Lloyd Williams is President &

District in Harlem. She successfully creat-

Harlem Community News almost 25 years

CEO of the Greater Harlem Chamber of

ed the first and only Business Improvement

ago because I was informed about Harlem

Commerce, a business organization estab-

District in Harlem. The 125th Street BID

becoming an “empowerment zone” and

lished in 1886. He is Vice Chairman of Har-

has maximized the ability of local residents,

learned about the establishment of the 125th

lem Arts Alliance, an organization dedicated

businesses and institutions to benefit from

Street BID and I was inspired to report on

to artistic growth and development in Harlem

the opportunities created by commercial

this “Good News.” Barbara Askins was the

in El Barrio, East Harlem.

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on--but I couldn’t bring myself to do that. Valentine’s Day has meant a lot and very little to me over the years. I have fond memories when as a child, decorating shoeboxes with red and white crepe paper, hearts, flowers and paper doilies in anticipation of receiving the coveted cards from each of my classmates, I could count on getting at least twenty-eight messages of love--it was mandatory. Ah, but we were just kids! We would exchange cards and have a candy hearts and cupcake party then we took our valentine mailboxes home to read each message of love. Then I grew older, stopped decorating shoeboxes and developed an interest in ----BOYS! I also noticed

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pressing love isn’t a reserved for one calendar day a year, it’s the consistency of your love and affections from day to day that really counts. If you aren’t in a relationship remember that it’s good and healthy to love yourself. So send yourself a card and some flowers! Think about it. See ya next week! Visit my website, and checkout a series of interviews that will inform, motivate and inspire you. This is the perfect time to take stock of your finances, assess goals, and prepare for income shocks – big and small - that can negatively affect your overall well-being. PAUL GOLDEN,  is a financial expert, with the non-profit, noncommercial foundation National Endowment for Financial Education has strat-

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vert. I love to plan. He loves to be spontaneous. I am bookworm. He is athletic. I am the youngest of my siblings. He is the oldest. I lean conservative. He leans liberal. Throughout our years together, we have relied on each other’s strengths. While we often view situations differently, our mutual respect allows us to understand different viewpoints and respectfully disagree. To help alleviate my self-imposed expectations, we went away for Christmas and the New Year season. We hopped in the car and drove to Florida stopping along the way to simply enjoy ourselves. One of the things I love to do for New Year’s is be on the beach and watch fireworks. We did that this year. It was great. I planned a little and left a lot of time for spontaneous adventure. On our return trip, we spent time in Georgia enjoying Savannah, Tybee Island and Atlanta. We saw family and friends based upon how we felt. No pressures. Last year came to an end with us saying final farewells to a few friends and family members and 2019 entered the same way. Watching those we love perish reinforced the need to relinquish expectations. Life is far too

short. Being true to my values and lovingly accepting that others must be able to do the same is helping to unlock the door to my peace. In today’s world, peace is probably one of the most precious gifts you can give yourself. The year is just beginning. Give yourself a precious gift. Be true to you. La-Verna Fountain is president of Meaningful Communications Matter, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in personal and corporate communications. She is retired from Columbia University where she served as Vice President of Strategic Communications and Construction Business Initiatives. She is the author of two books, The Alphabets of Life: A Simple Guide to Simply Living and The Gold Coins: A Supernatural Adventure Inspired by True Events (published under the pen name, Sa’lia Friend). You can reach La-Verna at laverna.fountain@yahoo. com


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“The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry”

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he movie you’ve about it that you may been waiting for notice again: the faces is finally avail- you’ll see at the awards able. show could be predomSure, you saw it in inately white. This isthe theatre, but you’re sue is old but it came to happy to watch it a head in 2015 with the again. It has adventure, hashtag #OscarsSoWa little romance, and hite, and it still hasn’t plenty of action – plus, changed much. it features your favorite Racism in Hollyactor, so what’s not to wood started when love? Better question, Hollywood itself beasks author Maryann gan: from the outset, Erigha in her book Black directors were “The Hollywood Jim “barred” from directCrow”: what color is ing studio films. That the cast? led to a twofold issue: The movie indus- so-called “race movtry’s awards will be ies” had to be made given out soon, and without studio money; there’s something and because there was


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“The Hollywood Jim Crow,” they may make you angry. Though there’s a good bit of repetition inside here, even occasional movie-goers will be clear on (and shocked by) how deep the racism goes in Hollywood and how it affects what we see at the cinema. That makes for a meaningful and solution-driven read in this book. Still, there are times when it’s about as easy to follow as a foreign-language film without subtitles: author Maryann Erigha presents some information in ways that could fluster fans who



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