Harlem Week is in full swing with in-person and virtual events celebrating the rich culture of the neighborhood.
For 47 years, Harlem Week has been a celebration of the best of Harlem which works to promote its rich African-American, African, Caribbean, Hispanic, and European history, as well as arts, culture, religion, business, entertainment, and sports. From now through Aug. 15, Harlem Week will be keeping up this tradition will a line-up of events for all to enjoy.
On Aug. 10, Harlem Week guests can watch a livestream of the Charles B Rangel Systemic Racism Summit at noon. The panel discussion, moderated by FOX 5 New York’s Arthur Chi’en, will provide an unfiltered examination of systemic racism in our country and its effect on the African-American, Caribbean-American, Hispanic and Asian-American populations. At 8 p.m., you can tune into a livestream of an Evening with H Carl McCall & Congressman Charles Rangel, which will highlight a conversation between H. Carl McCall, former New York State Senator and the first African-American to be elected New York State Comptroller and Charles B Rangel former U.S. representative for districts in New York from 1971 to 2017 and the second-longest serving incumbent member of the House of Representatives.
A special showcase called Harlem On My Mind: One on One will take place on Aug. 10-12 and will shine a spotlight on spirited intergenerational conversations that span across a series of relevant cultural and historical topics with Harlem-inspired thought leaders whose work and influence significantly contribute to Harlem and the Harlem’s of the world. On Aug. 11, Harlem Week will host an Economic Development Day where the community can learn Community Development, Banking & Finance, Technology & Cyber-Security and inclusion of small businesses, professional service providers and community-based service organizations.
On Aug. 12, Harlem Week will host a Virtual Health Summit where some of the foremost medical experts in the country to discuss the effects of health issues and disparities in communities of color, plus the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 on the community. Also on Aug. 12 is Broadway Reimagined, a summit that will include panel discussions with actors, actresses and those behind the scenes discussing what theatre will look like as the world reopens and the audiences start seeing productions again.
The Harlem Week festivities will continue on Saturday, Aug. 14 with Summer in the City, which will include several events including the New York Road Runners Harlem 5K Run and Family Health Walk honoring the late Mayor David N. Dinkins, Children’s Festival, Alex Trebek Harlem Children’s Spelling Bee, hit Broadway shows performances, a special “Dancing in The Street” dance workshop by Tina, The Musical and Imagenation Film Festival. Superhero fans can tune in that day in a virtual panel discussion called Luke Cage: Harlem’s Super Hero, which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day, the largest international annual comic book event, with an exploration of Harlem-based superhero, Luke Cage.
Harlem Week will conclude with Harlem Day on Aug. 15, the pivotal event that officially launched Harlem Week in 1974.
For a complete list of events, visit www.harlemweek.com.