Kevin McGruder, Associate Professor of History at Antioch College (Yellow Springs, OH) and former co-owner of Harlemade Styleshop, will discuss his new book.
In 1904, Philip Payton (1876-1917) incorporated the Afro-American Realty Company with the goal of providing Black New Yorkers with access to better housing in predominantly White Harlem.
Over the next thirteen years, he would become nationally known as a member of Booker T. Washington’s inner circle, but he would also meet fierce criticism, initially from White Harlemites seeking to prevent Black people from moving beyond Harlem’s Little Africa enclave (135th Street area), and eventually from some Black renters because of the higher rents he charged them.
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