Black Woodstock: 50th Anniversary Concert

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Talib Kweli
Photo credit:  Dorothy Hong
Talib Kweli Photo credit: Dorothy Hong

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Fifty years ago over 50,000 people attended the Harlem Cultural Festival (aka Black Woodstock) to celebrate black pride and music.

This year is the 50th anniversary of a major concert in New York, but not the one you're thinking of. The Harlem Cultural Festival, later known as Black Woodstock, brought some of the biggest names to Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) for a celebration of empowerment and music. To commemorate the event there will be a free concert curated by Neil Ludevig and co-hosted by Talib Kweli and musical director Igmar Thomas. The concert will feature performances by Braxton Cook, Keyon Harrold, Cory Henry, Alice Smith, Georgia Ann Muldrow and special guests. 

The concert is the final showcase event in a weeklong program curated by Neal Ludevig to celebrate the anniversary. This includes a discussion about how Harlem has changed as a community over the decades, a panel talk about the intersection of art and activism and a VIP Opening Night event at Solomon & Kuff.

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