Harlem Cultural Festival

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The Harlem Cultural Festival
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Genre Rock music, R&B, soul music, jazz, pop music, etc.
Dates Sundays from June 29 to August 24
Location(s) Mount Morris Park, Harlem, Manhattan, New York City
Years active 1969
Founded by Tony Lawrence

The Harlem Cultural Festival (also known as "Black Woodstock") was a series of music concerts held in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City during the summer of 1969 to celebrate African American music and culture and to promote the continued politics of black pride. Notable participants included Nina Simone, B.B. King, Sly & the Family Stone, Jesse Jackson, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach, The 5th Dimension, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, and Moms Mabley, among many others.[1]

Producer Hal Tochin filmed the full concert series, though the majority of this film remains commercially unreleased. New York's affiliate television station WNEW Metromedia Channel 5 (now FOX) broadcast hour-long specials of the footage on Saturday evenings at 10:30 PM in June-August 1969. The festival was hosted and promoted by Tony Lawrence, a New York night club singer. The concerts took place in Harlem's Mount Morris Park on Sundays at 3PM from June 29, 1969 to August 24, 1969. Sponsors included Maxwell House Coffee, and the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Division of the City of New York (now separated into Parks and Recreation and Cultural Affairs).[2]

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  1. ^ "Remembering Harlem's 'Black Woodstock'". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. August 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ Morgan, Richard (February 1, 2007). "Black Woodstock". Smithsonian Magazine. Smithsonian Institution. 

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