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HARLEM ON MY MIND: CULTURAL CAPITAL OF BLACK AMERICA 1900-1968

published by Random House, l969 hardcover and trade paperback; revised trade paperback published by Dell Publishing Company, l979; reprint of original edition with a new foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and a new introduction by Allon Schoener, The New Press, 1995. Fourth printing 2007, with a new introduction by Congressman Charles Rangel.

There is an urban black culture in the United States. Harlem was its birthplace and remains its capital. The rich history of this separate - but major - twentieth century life was little known nor understood by most black and white Americans until this book appeared and the exhibition for which it served as the catalogue opened at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1969. A composite of photographs - describing events, people and places, plus text - drawn from both black and white press, this book provides a unique witness to the dynamics of an epoch with visual and verbal documentation. Its six text-photo sections survey the changing character of Harlem during the first six decades of this century while highlighting the leading personalities associated with Harlem in literature, theater, politics, music, art and commerce.

 

Gordon Parks :

" ... one witnesses it all - the joys, sorrows, and triumphs of this mecca of black achievement ... It is an important contribution, not only to the history of Harlem but to the history of America as well."

James VanDerZee:

"It should be considered a history of the times; it is important for the present generation and coming generations ... no household, school or library should be without it."

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.:

"One of the richest and most comprehensive records of the history of the African-American in the twentieth century."