The Spirit of Harlem: A Portrait of America's Most Exciting Neighborhood
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 1, 2003 - Social Science - 209 pages
The creative team behind the smash hit Crowns:Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats returns with a glorious tour of the spirit of Harlem—a collection of fifty stunning black-and-white photographs and unforgettable interviews that capture the heart and soul of one of the most famous and vibrant neighborhoods in the world.
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Both of these titles explore the black experience in America, one in the particular locale of Harlem, the other on some of the 600 American streets named for Martin Luther King Jr. Wonderful photos and a generous, open-hearted narrative are integral to each book. Harlem is based on 50 two-page interviews, with photos of people ages 15 to 96 that reveal their perceptions, hopes, and understanding of the world and their neighborhood. A choreographer finds Harlem "the dance capital of the world for a long time." An art dealer remembers learning to play "Black ball you had to be willing to get knocked around" by Harlem Globetrotters at the Riverton projects. Others depicted include an Olympic fencer, a TV producer, a Schomburg tour guide, and a poet. The author and photographer previously collaborated on another wonderful title of smaller scope: Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats. Award-winning journalist Tilove and Falco, a commercial photographer, have created an episodic view as they careered for two years in search of streets named after Martin Luther King, including 125th Street in Harlem, first for a newspaper series and then for this book. The tour starts in Belle Glade, FL (pop. 15,000), whose high school has produced 21 pro athletes and, during the 1980s, the world's highest rate of AIDS. Succeeding chapters take in King's Atlanta; Selma, where MLK intersects with Jeff Davis Street; Dallas, Galveston, Jasper, and other Texas towns; Chicago; Oakland; and more. In place after place, MLK streets "lay bare the racial fault lines"; they are places where "white America seldom goes and Black America can be itself." We meet people striving to create a black nation, sponsoring a Black History competition and the Algebra Project, and creating Afrocentric schools. There are ministers, funeral directors, journalists, professors, poets, politicians, and artists, all living their lives in the vicinity of streets named for Martin Luther King Jr. There are ordinary people and people like poet Haki Madhubuti, influential in black America but invisible elsewhere. This book serves as a testament that the dream still lives. Buy both titles for every public library and for African American, social history, and local history collections.-Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. Lib., CUNY ...
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From the authors who published a book about black women in church hats, comes this work along a similar vein. The authors talked to people who live, work, and love Harlem, shooting their portrait ... Read full review
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