Harlem graces Gracie Mansion

Pictured left to right: Assemblyman Keith Wright, Keisha Sutton-James, Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Harlem’s best and brightest arrived looking cool and collected in their summer finery despite a month-long hot and humid heatwave, to celebrate the 36th Annual Harlem Week. This year’s annual lawn party commemorated the life and legacy of Percy Sutton.

Keisha Sutton-James, a granddaughter of the late Hon. Percy E. Sutton accepted a HARLEM WEEK award on her family’s behalf, a drawing of Harlem’s legendary “Gang of Four,” The Hon. Charles B. Rangel; Mr. Sutton; Hon. Basil Paterson; and Hon. David Dinkins, created by the renowned Daily News illustrator Bill Gallo. Mr. Sutton was a co-founder of HARLEM WEEK.

A generous spread of food and drinks were provided by Sylvia’s, Michelle’s Catering, and other local restaurants.

The first public event is “A Great Day In Harlem”, taking place on Sunday, July 25th from 12noon – 8pm at Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial. Live performances from local and regional cultural groups and dance companies, the NY Gospel Caravan featuring Bishop Hezekiah Walker, The Urban Fashion Fusion Fashion Show, Concert Under The Stars – “Salute To The Sounds of Philadelphia” featuring performances from Keith Sweat, Elisabeth Withers, and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes.

Sunday, July 25
A Great Day In Harlem – Grant’s Tomb

12 noon – 8:00 PM
A Salute to: “The Sounds of Philadelphia”
Honoring the Legacies of Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle,  and Gamble & Huff
National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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