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Billie Holiday wrote her song “God bless the child” with Arthur Herzog, Jr. in the same year that Helen Levitt took this Harlem photo.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s appearance at Billy Graham’s 1957 evangelistic crusade in NYC infuriated segregationists.
After the War of Revolution in 1776, a battle-tested cohort of African American and White faith-based leaders developed an ardor for extending freedom.
The slavocrats won and the baptism of slaves ceased. For the first time, commercial values in Manhattan trumped faith and moral values.
The anti-slavery theologians often referred to slavery as “theft of humans” and a violation of the eighth of the Ten Commandments. But the slavocrats gained more elite supporters than did the theologians of freedom.
At the very beginning of Harlem’s life Africans were creating an African American identity rooted in faith and freedom.
The store have a holy place, “definitely, the check-out,” says Sammy. “Where clients (read: congregants) confess their feelings, then receive a farewell (read: benediction).”
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, wrote on faith on the Upper West Side and West Harlem during the 1950s and 1960s.
Part 4 of the series “NYC’s greatest Christmas gift to the nation: religious liberty”