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Harlem Cultural Festival

The Harlem Cultural Festival (also known as "Black Woodstock") was a series of music concerts held in Harlem during the summer of 1969 to celebrate African American music and culture and to promote the continued politics of black pride. Notable participants included Nina Simone, B.B. King, Sly & the Family Stone, Jesse Jackson, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach, The 5th Dimension, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, and Moms Mabley, among many others. The concerts were broadcast on New York's affiliate television station WNEW Metromedia Channel 5 (now FOX) on Saturday evenings at 10:30 PM in June 1968-August 1969. The festival was hosted and promoted by Tony Lawrence, a New York night club singer. It was originally inaugurated at 129th and 7th Ave in Harlem, at Vest Park in July 1967.

The concerts took place in Harlem's Mount Morris Park on Sundays at 3PM from June 29, 1968 to August 24, 1969.


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  • image of Festival Poster with select video footage:
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