Little Amal, the 12-foot puppet representation of a 10-year-old war refugee from Syria, has been visiting various neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs this past month. She visited Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sept. 24 and delighted hundreds of children and their families as she danced to music and played with puppet pigeons at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Little Amal visited Harlem’s National Black Theater (NBT) on Sept. 26. Sade Lythcott, CEO of NBT, noted that “As a global art and activism movement, Little Amal being welcomed to the Sounds of Harlem by our community ensures that Harlem remains, in the words of our founder, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, ‘the Cultural Capital of the Black World.’”
“To walk with Little Amal is to walk through the suffering our young people face with faith and healing,” added Jonathan McCrory, executive artistic director of NBT. “This cultural phenomenon that has been touring the world, and came to the cultural mecca for Black culture, Harlem, in search of her mother and finding the sense of home. The place we all can let our excellence meet our liberation. It was a pleasure to host her, and support the message she stands for.”