50th Annual HARLEM WEEK Returns August 7th - 18th

HARLEM WEEK to Mark Half-Century of Cultural Influence and Community Empowerment in One of New York City’s Most Historic Neighborhoods

 

50th Annual HARLEM WEEK Returns August 7th – 18th to celebrate Harlem’s Legacy and Future Impact

 

Harlem, New York (June 20, 2024) — HARLEM WEEK, the legendary celebration of arts, culture, and community, will proudly mark its 50th anniversary this year with a series of events to commemorate the neighborhood’s rich legacy. The milestone celebration recognizes HARLEM WEEK’s half a century as the constant thread for one of New York City’s most famous neighborhoods, serving as an advocate for issues such as health and economic empowerment.

 

“HARLEM WEEK began half a century ago with the vision to keep New York City’s most famous neighborhood vibrant, strong, and unique by bringing faith, political, and civic leaders together,” said Lloyd Williams, Co-Founder and Chairman of HARLEM WEEK. “We are privileged to serve as the keepers of this vision, as it has taken shape from a one-day festival into a summer of celebrations of where Harlem’s been and where it is going. Harlem history is American history, and this summer we will showcase the legacy upon which we have built.  It’s why our theme this year is ‘Celebrate the Journey!’”

 

HARLEM WEEK first launched in 1974 as the dream of political lion Percy Sutton, with the support of artistic legends that included Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Tito Puente, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, as well as political giants David Dinkins, Charlie Rangel, and Basil Paterson. Their goal was simple yet powerful: galvanize community leaders to preserve the spirit of Harlem, which at that point had been the hotbed of Black excellence for more than 40 years, yet faced a pivotal moment in its history. Over the past five decades, this annual celebration has grown organically, expanding its scope to address the evolving needs of Harlem. Through that time, HARLEM WEEK has been the constant thread to accentuate pride and unity. The event has brought residents, leaders, and visitors together to champion progress in health, wellness, economic empowerment, and beyond in a single, powerful voice.

 

HARLEM WEEK stands as a testament that Harlem’s history transcends racial boundaries—it is an integral part of American history. This annual celebration has honored numerous distinguished individuals over the years, recognizing their exceptional contributions to the community and beyond. Honorees have included a wide array of influential figures from various fields, such as entertainment, politics, business, and activism, all of whom have left an indelible mark on Harlem and the world at large. Through these recognitions, HARLEM WEEK continues to celebrate and preserve the rich cultural heritage of Harlem, while inspiring future generations to carry forward the legacy of resilience, creativity, and unity.

 

HARLEM WEEK’s 50th anniversary celebration will take place from Wednesday, August 7th, through Sunday, August 18th, 2024, with the support of presenting sponsors including Amazon Access and The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce. Key events include:

 

  • July 25, 2024 – National Urban Health Conference
  • August 7, 2024 – National Climate Change Conference
  • August 9, 2024 – Senior Citizens’ Day (information and fashion)
  • August 10, 2024 – Percy E. Sutton 5K Run & Health Walk
  • August 11, 2024 – A Great Day in Harlem (performances & vendors)
  • August 13, 2024 – Economic Development Day (conferences)
  • August 14, 2024 – HARLEM WEEK Jobs & Career Fair & Expo
  • August 17, 2024 – Alex Trebek Harlem Children’s Spelling Bee
  • August 17-18, 2024 – NYC Children’s Festival
  • August 18, 2024 – HARLEM DAY (performances & vendors)

To carry on the neighborhood’s rich legacy, HARLEM WEEK has appointed Harlem-born producer Ray Chew as the Musical Director of its biggest performances. Chew, a distinguished music industry figure (American IdolShowtime at the Apollo), will soon release “the song of the summer,” titled “Jam and Party,” in celebration of the anniversary, adding an extra layer of excitement and anticipation to the festivities.

HARLEM WEEK events can be enjoyed in person in locations throughout Harlem, and will stream online via www.HARLEMWEEK.com.  The website is also hosting “HARLEM WEEK 50th Flashback Flicks” featuring past performances, fashion shows, and other highlights.

 

For more information about HARLEM WEEK and its 50th-anniversary celebration, please visit harlemweek.com.

 

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