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God bless the child that got his own. In memory of the child Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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. & Billy Graham. The Road to NYC, 1957

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s appearance at Billy Graham’s 1957 evangelistic crusade in NYC infuriated segregationists.

Harlem Faith after the American Revolution

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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.

New Harlem Village & Church

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The beginnings of church life in Harlem

Peter Stuyvesant’s relentless quest for order in New Amsterdam pushes Africans out of the church

Thumbnail : Peter Stuyvesant’s relentless quest for order in New Amsterdam pushes Africans out of the church

The slavocrats won and the baptism of slaves ceased. For the first time, commercial values in Manhattan trumped faith and moral values.

Harlem and the Dutch debate over slavery in New Amsterdam

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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.

African American faith and freedom in pre-colonial Harlem

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At the very beginning of Harlem’s life Africans were creating an African American identity rooted in faith and freedom.

A Journey through Trader Joe’s religion in NYC

Thumbnail : A Journey through Trader Joe’s religion in NYC

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).”

Christmas & Sunday Morning Bells by Oscar Hijuelos

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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.

George Frideric Handel’s Messiah — the complete Journey recordings

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This exclusive broadcast of the Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir & Chamber Orchestra honors the men & women killed or injured in the Metro North derailment in 2013. Donna Smith, a volunteer fire chaplain, was on her way to hear The Messiah. Jim Lovell was on his way to help with setting up the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Also killed was Kisook Ahn, a nurse, and James M. Ferrari. More than 60 were injured.

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