In the 20s and 30s, poetry became music, music became jazz, and together these voices formed a chorus that changed the world. Jacob Lawrence. Langston Hughes. Louis Armstrong. Few names evoke such a clear story of a time. Harlem’s Renaissance captured a social and intellectual transformation in the African-American community. This rich cultural heritage continues to shine in the very fabric of many Harlemites and their homes … if you know where to look.
Harlem is home to hundreds of big, beautiful brownstones. Don’t you want to peek inside … to see the stained glass windows, giant oak fireplaces, old wooden floors — and even to uncover the occasional complete gut renovation hiding modern convenience behind old brownstone elegance?
On Sunday, June 14, you can. Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association will sponsor it’s 20th annual tour of homes — offering an inside look at the homes, the people and the culture that make Harlem what it is today. The theme’s of this year’s tour is a Harlem Renaissance House Party. The tour will include brownstones, apartments and houses of worship. A historical walking tour will also be available later in the day.
Stops will feature readings of Langston Hughes’ poetry, art works by Harlem Renaissance painters and the music of Dizzy Gillespie and other jazz notables. Famed photographer, James VanDerZee’s house will be featured with original photographs shown by his wife, Donna VanDerZee. This year’s Tour of Homes is dedicated to the memory of Harold and Martha Dolly.
Visit www.mmpcia.org for tickets and more information. Tickets are $20 in advance (purchase by Wednesday, June 10th) or $25 day of.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit mmpcia.org .