On Wednesday, April 20, the sixth-grade class, led by their teacher Karen Zaidberg and Upper School director Maiya Jackson, took a day-long walking tour of Harlem. The walking tour is a tradition started a few years ago and grew out of the class study of the civil rights movement and the intersections with Harlem and black culture in New York City. There is an abundance of civil rights history in our backyard!
The tour, which focuses on several landmarks around Harlem, emphasizes early black society and culture from the Harlem Renaissance through the civil rights era. The day included a lunch stop at historic Amy Ruth’s, where soul food is the perfect antidote for tired feet.
Some of the stops on this year’s Harlem Walking Tour:
- Hamilton Grange
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
- Striver’s Row
- Site of the former Renaissance Ballroom and Casino
- Site of the Tree of Hope (stump currently housed backstage at the Apollo Theater)
- Astor Row
- Former site of the Black Panther Party New York City headquarters
- Former site of Blumstein’s Department Store