Storied ‘Harlem Hellfighter’ Regiment To Receive Congressional Gold Medal

By Patricia Kime

African-American soldiers of the 369th Infantry, known as the Harlem Hellfighters, practice for the upcoming fight in the trenches of the Western Front. Continue Reading →


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Legislation Honoring The Harlem Hellfighters The Congressional Gold Medal Head’s To President’s Desk, Says Espaillat

Today, at the 369th Infantry Regiment in Harlem, New York, Representative Adriano Espaillat joined Representative Tom Suozzi, along with U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Continue Reading →

Harlem Rep. Espaillat Honors Harlem Hellfighters On The United States House Floor

Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat spoke on the United States House floor in support of H.R. 3642, The Harlem Hellfighters Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2021, which passed in the House earlier this afternoon. Continue Reading →


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The Legendary Willie “The Lion” Smith Harlem Jazz Man, Cantor, Duke Ellington Mentor, Harlem Hellfighter And More

William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholf Smith, November 23, 1893 – April 18, 1973, also known as “The Lion”, was a Harlem cantor, jazz pianist, and a master practitioner of Harlem stride piano during the Harlem Renaissance. Continue Reading →


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Harlem’s James Reese Europe Invented Jazz, Was The Martin Luther King Of Music, 1881 – 1919

James Reese Europe, 22, February 1881 – 9 May 1919, was an American ragtime and early jazz bandleader, arranger, and composer. Continue Reading →


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A New Book On The “Coal, War & Love,” Of The Amazing Harlem Hellfighters

Emerging author, activist, and educator Rudean Leinaeng long desired to tell the compelling historical love story of her grandparents, as well as chronicle the lives of African-Americans in early 20th century New York. Continue Reading →

Harlem Hellfighters, Harlem, NY 1913 (Photographs)

The 369th Infantry Regiment, formerly known as the 15th New York National Guard Regiment, was an infantry regiment of the United States Army that saw action in World War I and World War II. Continue Reading →

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