Bloomberg kicks off 38th Harlem Week festival

8/30/2012, 4:45 p.m.
Harlem Week Kick-Off Event!

On Thursday, July 19, Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked off the 38th anniversary of Harlem Week with an official gala reception at Gracie Mansion. The afternoon affair included a performance by the male cast members of the Tony Award-winning play "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess."

In addition to the performance, Harlem Week honored Carib News on its 30th anniversary and Jackie Rowe-Adams for her tireless community activism to anti-violence. There was also a moment of silence honoring Sylvia Woods, who passed away that afternoon. The ceremony saluted the 50th anniversary of Sylvia's Restaurant.

Themed "Harlem: Where the World Meets the World," this year's Harlem Week events will celebrate Harlem's global presence and international legacy. Activities include "A Great Day in Harlem--Sunday Classics" on July 29 in honor of radio legend Hal Jackson, Economic Development Day, Senior Citizens Day, the Percy E. Sutton Harlem 5K Run and Family Walk-a-Thon for peace in our communities and a special salute on Aug. 18 celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence with music by the legendary Bob Marley and an outdoor screening of the critically acclaimed documentary "Marley."