On Thursday, July 19, 2012, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg kicks off the 38th anniversary of HARLEM WEEK with an official Gala Reception at Gracie Mansion. The afternoon affair will include an excerpt performance by the 2012 Tony award winning cast of Porgy & Bess. In addition to the performance, HARLEM WEEK will honor Carib News on its 30th Anniversary; Sylvia Woods in honor of Sylvia's Restaurants 50th Anniversary; and Jackie Rowe Adams in honor of her tireless community activism and commitment to antiviolence.
Themed Harlem: Where the World Meets the World, this year's HARLEM WEEK events celebrates Harlem's global presence and international legacy. Activities include The Great Day In Harlem "Sunday Classics" on July 29th in honor of radio legend HAl Jackson, The Economic Development Day, Sr. Citizens Day, The Percy E. Sutton Harlem 5k Run& NYC Family Walk-A-Thon For Peace in Our Communities and special salutes on August 18 celebrating and the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence with music from the legendary Bob Marley and an outdoor screening of the critically acclaimed documentary "Marley" and on HARLEM DAY, August 19th salutes honoring the 100th anniversaries of South Africa's African National Congress and Japan's Sakura Festival plus much more..
HARLEM WEEK is a full month of activities beginning on July 28th and continuing through August
HARLEM WEEK, Inc, is a not-for-profit 501©(3) corporation that fosters continued growth and development of Harlem, one of the world's best-known neighborhoods. HARLEM WEEK highlights Harlem's assets and unique flavor. Now in its 38th year, HARLEM WEEK continues to promote Harlem's rich African American, Hispanic, Caribbean and European history, culture, arts, religion, entertainment and sports.