Altina Schinasi, The Harlem Girl Who Knew Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Salvador Dali And Invented Cat-Eye Glasses

Altina Schinasi Miranda, August 4, 1907 – August 19, 1999, an American heiress, sculptor, filmmaker, entrepreneur, window dresser, designer, and best known for designing the Harlequin eyeglass or Cat-Eye frames. Continue Reading →


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Harlem’s Norma Merrick Sklarek, “The Rosa Parks of Architecture” 1926 – 2012

Norma Merrick Sklarek, April 15, 1926 – February 6, 2012, was the first African American woman to pass her license exam to officially become an architect in both New York (1954) and California (1962). Continue Reading →


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Harlem’s Ella Baker, A Great Woman Behind A Great Movement 1903-1986 (Video)

Ella Josephine Baker, December 13, 1903 – December 13, 1986, was an African-American civil right and human rights activist. She was a largely behind-the-scenes organizer whose career spanned more than five decades. Continue Reading →


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Library Of Congress: Ralph Ellison’s “Juneteenth”

The following guest post was written by Barbara Bair, curator of literature, culture and the arts in the Library’s Manuscript Division for the Library of Congress. Continue Reading →


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#BuyBlack30 Challenge Supports Black Owned Restaurants From Harlem To Hollis

@BuyBlack30 co-founders Dorissa White and Kiera Mallett created the #BuyBlack30Challenge to encourage a month of exclusively buying black. Continue Reading →


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Louise Meriwether And Bridgett Davis In Conversation At The Harlem Arts Salon

Novelist, essayist, journalist, and activist, published her first and critically acclaimed book, Daddy Was a Number Runner (with an introduction by James Baldwin) in 1970, using auto-biographical elements about growing up in Harlem during the Depression in the era after the Harlem Renaissance. Continue Reading →


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