BY: Liliana Rocio, Senior Editor For World Liberty TV
The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce will host the 44th annual HARLEM WEEK in celebration of Harlem’s rich cultural, political, and economic heritage. This year, HARLEM WEEK will pay homage to the incredible women and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Who have had an indelible impact on the culture through its 2018 theme “Women Transforming Our World: Past, Present & Future” and subtheme, “The Community within the Community” Saluting the LGBTQ + Community.”
The Following were honored at the 44th Annual HARLEM WEEK, at Gracie Mansion -2018: legendary performers including dancer/choreographer George Faison and singer (formerly of LaBelle) Nona Hendryx as well as the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Scholarships were given to students.
Attracting over two million attendees from all over New York and the world, HARLEM WEEK offers over 100 free and low-cost events at renowned venues across Harlem and beyond. From July 29 through August 25, attendees can enjoy cultural events ranging from culinary, health and wellness, technology, arts, entertainment and more celebrating the accomplishments of women across the world and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Festival highlights include A Great Day in Harlem (July 29), Youth Conference & Hackathon (August 1), NYC Economic Development Day (August 9), Summer in the City (August 18), HARLEM DAY (August 19), and the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Health Run & Walk (August 25).
This year’s HARLEM WEEK festivities will include events at Marcus Garvey Park, U.S. Grant National Memorial Park, The Apollo Theater, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Columbia University, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem School of the Arts, Dance Theater of Harlem, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and more.
Things kick off on July 29 with “A Great Day in Harlem” and reach a fever pitch during the bursting-at-the-seams weekend of events held under the banner of “Summer in the City” and “Harlem Day,” including an auto show, children’s festival, small-business expo, fashion show, educational fair, outdoor film screening and a dancing-in-the-street party. And on the final day of this celebration (August 25), there’s the Percy Sutton 5K Run.
The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce ,Est in 1896: Headed by its President LIoyd Williams. The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce is the oldest continual business organization in upper Manhattan, having been chartered in 1896 as the Harlem Board of Commerce.
Twenty-five years later, the name was changed to The Uptown Chamber of Commerce. In 1993, reflecting the tremendous growth taking place in its service area, the Chamber’s name was officially changed to The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce.
It was restructured as a not-for-profit business, civic and community development organization which would focus on commercial development, educational services, as well as concentrate on the development of small business, arts, culture, travel and tourism industries in the upper Manhattan area.
Over its 130 years, the Chamber has co-sponsored some of the most important key development projects in New York City, including the George Washington & Triborough Bridge Construction, New York’s first subway line, being actively involved with supporting the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s, and as a key sponsor and major force behind the 1939 World’s Fair, and most recently the development and construction of “Strivers Gardens,” one of urban America’s most extraordinary mixed-use residential and commercial development projects.
HARLEM WEEK: began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a day of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for New Yorkers. Given the huge success of the celebration, additional days were added to showcase the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history.
HARLEM WEEK is now unquestionably an internationally renowned brand with participants and visitors from around the world and offers over 112 events throughout the summer to over 2 million attendees. HARLEM WEEK celebrates the best of Harlem, promoting Harlem’s rich African, African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic and European history, culture, arts, religion, entertainment and sports.
New Heritage Theatre Group (established in 1964): Voza Rivers is a leading theater, music, and events producer and documentary filmmaker, born in Harlem, New York. Rivers is the executive producer and founding member of the New Heritage Theatre Group (established in 1964) and executive producer and co-founder of IMPACT Repertory Theatre, the Oscar-nominated youth division of New Heritage Theatre Group led by U.S. director, activist and educator Jamal Joseph. He has produced and co-produced theater, music, and television projects, film festivals, and music tributes in the United States, Japan, South Africa, and the UK.