Nation’s oldest person and Harlem resident, Alelia Murphy, passes at 114

Alelia Murphy passed away in Harlem on Saturday, Nov. 23. She was 114. Her family was at her side. Having been born and raised in North Carolina, Murphy was a Harlem resident for decades.

On July 5, the Harlem State Office Building was the setting for a celebration of Murphy’s 114th birthday. Her family and friends celebrated her longevity, as well as her strength in raising two children after her husband passed away at an early age.

Murphy’s funeral will be held on Dec. 6 at the United House of Prayer for All People located at 2320 Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The viewing will be from 5–7 p.m. and the funeral service will immediately follow.

Community organizations help out Thanksgiving

The National Action Network (NAN) hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for the community at the House of Justice in Harlem. The event was free and open to the public.

Entertainer and Phi Beta Sigma fraternity member Ben Vereen joined with the Epsilon Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma on Thanksgiving morning to serve meals to the community at Paradise Baptist Church in Washington Heights. The fraternity served meals with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

The founding chapter of One Hundred Black Men with the support of corporate sponsors––Mount Sinai Health System, Macy’s, Emblem Health, Merck, United Airlines, and REBNY––provided food baskets to 10,000 New Yorkers during the 2019 holiday season. OHBM provided $40,000 worth of turkey and food baskets.

Outreach NYC gets expansion

City officials recently announced the expansion of Outreach NYC––the city’s enhanced effort to reach homeless New Yorkers living on the streets––to include family members and friends of these unsheltered individuals.

Moving forward, families and friends of New Yorkers experiencing unsheltered homelessness will be able to submit reports for those relatives and friends through 311 and those reports will be routed directly to the Department of Homeless Services for triage and coordinated action.

The expansion is accompanied by a citywide social media ad campaign which launched this month urging family and friends of the homeless to seek assistance during the holiday season.

Local organizations host conversation with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump

OUR Coalition, together with Eta Mu Nu and Xi Phi Chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Mid-Manhattan NAACP Next Gen and Adelphic Lodge #14, hosted “An Evening in Conversation” with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump at Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church on Monday, Dec. 2.

Crump participated in a conversation with guest moderator Sharonne Salaam to discuss his new book “Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People,” which shines a spotlight on the epidemic of killings involving Black and Brown communities in the United States.

Crump is best known as serving as the attorney for the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.