More history to honor Black History Month.
Manhattan was urbanized by the Dutch in the 1600s and they named this part of the island after the largest tulip-growing town back home: Haarlem. Tulips were a huge, HUGE business for The Netherlands back then. Really.
In the 1920s, NYC’s Harlem became the center of a conflagration of brilliance that happens oh, like, not yet in my lifetime. This post is to remember the faces behind the names.
Malcolm X Blvd honors a man who was an American Black Muslim minister and a spokesman for the Nation of Islam.
Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd honors a powerful politician of the 1960s.
Frederick Douglass Blvd honors a unique American. When you read about Mr. Douglass’s life, you wonder how he managed to be who he was. And it makes you sad to think how much talent has been lost to humankind because of racism, sexism, and all kinds of isms.
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Martin Luther King Jr Blvd honors a man who is so world famous that you don’t need me tell you who he is.
Marcus Garvey Park honors a man who created the Pan-African philosophy.
Ella Fitzgerald doesn’t have a street or a park to honor her. She was discovered at an Amateur Night at the Apollo (she won) and she’s here to create some gender balance. I honor her. She grew up in Yonkers which I always thought was a neighborhood of the Bronx. It isn’t — it’s a separate city in Westchester.
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