That old expression about not keeping a good thing down has a fresh currency when it comes to HARLEM WEEK. Promoting a theme of “Inspiration, Impact, and Legacy,” the 48th annual event, which is known to last an entire month, will be a 10-day live and virtual experience, Aug. 12-21. Several of the usual festivities are scheduled, including the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run/Anti-Gun Violence Health Walk, A Great Day in Harlem, and salutes to a diverse ensemble of luminaries and civic leaders. Rucker Park, along with a commemoration of the NBA’s 75th anniversary and Harlem’s inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, are highlights of the eventful WEEK.
“All New Yorkers are invited to take part in the HARLEM WEEK experience from Aug. 12-21 as we pay tribute to key elements of our city. Both seniors and children will be able to celebrate local education, restaurants, technology, and theater,” said Lloyd Williams, chair of HARLEM WEEK. “You’ll hear music ranging from Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, Soca, Latin, Caribbean, Afrobeat, and more. Remember—you haven’t done this town ‘til you’ve done it Uptown, so do it up in Harlem. We look forward to seeing you!”
On Friday, Aug. 12, HARLEM WEEK gets underway on Senior Citizens Day, which will take place at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building. This is always a well-attended public event with the elderly looking forward to health testing, health demonstrations, and just a chance to renew acquaintances since the advent of COVID.
The pace picks up on Aug. 13 when runners and walkers test their new sneakers at the Percy Sutton 5K event, which this year has the theme of “Save Our Children,” as well as a call to action against the menacing spread of gun violence. And if you still have legs, get to the Great Hill in Central Park West where the Jimmy Heath Legacy Band, the Antonio Hart Quartet, and Tammy McCann are featured acts, from 4-7 p.m.
At the conclusion of the first weekend of HARLEM WEEK on Sunday, Aug. 14 “A Great Day in Harlem,” a signature moment, will include performances and appearances by R&B artist Kenny Lattimore, salute to 90-year-old Caribbean Legend Lord Nelson (aka “The Soca Daddy”), Uptown Dance Academy, Artz, Roots & Rhythm, Impact Repertory Theater, The Mama Foundation’s Sing Harlem Choir, Isn’t Her Grace Amazing Choir, and a Concert Under the Stars Salute to Marvin Gaye‘s ”What’s Going On” album featuring Ray Chew and the Harlem Music Festival All Stars.
For those unable to experience the events in person, HARLEM WEEK can be experienced around the world virtually through its website, HARLEMWEEK.com with additional performances, summits including Economic Development Day, the Health Summit, a Broadway Summit, the Harlem On My Mind Conversation series and the new Harlem Virtual Village where visitors can shop with exhibitors and vendors online as well as watch activities from the stage in an interactive platform on the site. Next week we will bring you up to date on events, meanwhile for a complete list of events, please visit www.harlemweek.com.