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For Immediate Release: February 10, 2003

Notables represent world of education, literature, community & more

NEW YORK -- Combined in a Who’s Who of 30 notable and talented Harlem residents, the photographic exhibit Harlem Is, Celebrating the Living History of Harlem, opened on Friday, February 7 and runs through Sunday, April 6, 2003 at Aaron Davis Hall, 135th Street and Convent Avenue.

The exhibit is presented in collaboration with Con Edison and Community Works, a public art and education project. The multi-media project is also on display in a more compact format through August 31, 2003 at the Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture at 515 Malcolm X Blvd. at 135th Street.

All of the honorees are between 50 to 100 years old, and are among the best and brightest contributors to the Harlem community. They represent the world of politics, law, literature, arts and culture, sports, education and religion. Many were born in Harlem, and either live or work in the neighborhood. (See attached list.)

“Harlem Is offers a candid snapshot of these 30 outstanding people. They are the heart of the rich talent thriving in the Harlem community,” said Frances A. Resheske, senior vice president of public affairs for Con Edison. “This is our second collaboration with Community Works, bringing quality public art to our customers and to the communities that we serve.”

The honoree selection committee included members of Community Works and Voza Rivers, executive director of the New Heritage Theatre in Harlem. Award-winning documentary photographer Ruth Morgan created the 3 X 3 feet black and white specialty portraits at both venues.

“This magnificent display is a model living-history project that celebrates Harlem’s distinct cultural and historical importance,” said Barbara Horowitz, founder and director, Community Works. “We’ve also included a timeline of key moments in Harlem’s history, recordings of original music and a number of visually impacting items in hopes of riveting audiences here in New York, and as the exhibit travels nationwide.”

For three years more than 150 students from New York City public schools have researched, interviewed and documented the honorees. Portions of their written reports are intertwined in the Harlem Is exhibit. The students chosen to participate were selected from Harlem middle and elementary schools.

In 2001, Con Edison first joined Community Works in presenting the acclaimed, Long Walk to Freedom exhibit. It showcased portraits of civil right activists from 1900 through 1999. The project toured various parts of the city and was also shown in Atlanta, Georgia. Harlem Is will also be shown in Atlanta during the fall of 2003.

Founded in 1990, Community Works is a non-profit organization that uses the arts to forge a link between diverse cultures and neighborhoods, improve educational attainment, foster strong communities and extend the benefits of the arts to under-served individuals and communities, especially public school students.

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The exhibit hours at the Schomburg are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sundays from 1 - 5 p.m. For more information, contact Community Works at (212) 459-1854.

HARLEM IS Honorees
Betty AllenArtist/founder, Harlem School of the Arts
James AllenSubstance abuse program director and ARC Choir founder
Elois BanksCommunity Leader and President, Striver’s Row Residents Association
Dr. Yosef Ben JochannanHistorian
John BessYouth Advocate
Warren and Marguerite BlakeDetective and Funeral Director
Marie BrooksChoreographer and dance school founder
Raven ChanticleerSculptor and visual artist
Joe CubaAfro-Latin jazz musician
Rosa GuyWriter and co-founder, The Harlem Writers Guild
Inge HardisonSculptor
Vy HigginsenMusical theatre producer
John IsaacsProfessional basketball player - The Harlem RENS
Gertrude JeannetteFounder/director, The Hadley Players
Yuri KochiyamaCivil rights activist
Gloria LynneJazz singer
Joe MerendaOwner, Flash Inn Restaurant
Lorraine Monroe Educator/founder, Frederick Douglass Academy
Albert MurrayWriter/professor and historian
Basil A. Paterson Attorney and politician
Muriel PetioniCommunity leader and doctor
Charles RangelCongressman
Max RoachJazz legend
Tunde SamuelProducing director, The National Black Theatre
The Silver BellesCotton Club chorus girls
Sister Miriam Cecelia and Sister JohnFranciscan handmaidens of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Convent
Percy E. SuttonEntrepreneur/attorney and politician
Grace WilliamsVisual artist
Lloyd WilliamsFounder/director, Harlem Chamber of Commerce
Ruth WilliamsRuth Williams dance studio

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