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Zigzag Through Harlem

24 March 11:00am - 1:00pm
Venue: Manhattan
New York
10030

“There is so much to see in Harlem!” Columbia Community Scholar Eric K. Washington borrows Langston Hughes' apt quote to kick off a decidedly quirky overview tour. Walking between Harlem’s visceral and commercial main streets--from 135th Street down to 125th Street--the tour takes several cues from the subject of Eric's upcoming biography of James H. Williams (1878-1948): once Chief of Grand Central Terminal's army of "Red Caps," a role that made him an influential force of the Harlem Renaissance. Waypoints reflecting Harlem as a varying seat of Victorian gentility, African-American migration, Jazz-age jive and current gentrification may include such sites and themes as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; WPA-era art projects; the exuberant, and often gender-bending performance scene; the Harlem YMCA; Strivers’ Row; New Amsterdam Musical Association; Astor Row, Apollo Theatre and scads more. Cost: $30 / $20 Members