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The vibrant and bustling neighborhood occupying the upper reaches of Manhattan has been at the crossroads of the artistic, literary and political currents of the African-American community since the Harlem Renaissance of the early twentieth century. This sweeping photographic survey includes nearly 300 images that tell the story of Harlem throughout the twentieth century, its distinctive landscape and extraordinary inhabitants. The work of eighty artists and photographers is paired with texts by important Harlem scholars and quotes from important writers on the subject of Harlem. The book is divided in three sections: Early Twentieth Century; Revolution--the 1960s and 1970s; and Harlem Now--1980s through the Present.
Thelma Golden is director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Deborah Willis is a professor of Africana studies at New York University. Cheryl Finley is associate professor of art and African American studies at Cornell University. Elizabeth Alexander is an American poet, essayist, and professor. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a renowned scholar and writer. He is editor-in-chief of the Oxford African American Studies Center, and The Root, an online news magazine dedicated to coverage of African-American news, culture, and genealogy.