Harlem Week to Highlight Immigrant Communities

135th Street during Harlem Week 2016 (Photo by j-No, Creative Commons license)

Immigrants will be the theme of this year’s Harlem Week, which will run from July 30 to Aug. 26, reports Herb Boyd of Amsterdam News.

At a recent meeting, the president of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Lloyd Williams, announced the theme, “Harlem: Home of Immigrants – Honoring New York’s International Diversity” and added:

“Unless you are a Native-American, you are an immigrant. But Harlem remains the home of the Irish, the Italians and the Greeks, to the Cubans, the Dominicans and to those of the Jewish faith.

Williams continued, “Harlem is a place for those from the Caribbean, and the Germans. What I’m saying is that Harlem is an international community, but we need to communicate. We don’t have to agree, but we do have to communicate.”

Last year’s Harlem/Havana event, in which a Cuban ensemble played with Harlem musicians, is also on the agenda this year, joining other music and dance performances. Boyd also noted other countries and regions that will be spotlighted during Harlem Week, including the Dominican Republic, Senegal and the Caribbean.

Go to Amsterdam News for more details on the monthlong festivities.

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