Harlem Cultural Festival 1969 United States

 
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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The idea was to celebrate African American music and promote black pride and unity after a difficult period during the late 1960s which saw the Watts Riots and the deaths of Martin Luther King (April 1968) and Malcolm X (February 1965). The NYPD refused to police the events and security was left to the Black Panthers. Despite the controversy surrounding the Black Panthers all the concerts passed of peacefully. The events were all captured on film by TV producer Hal Tulchin who had wanted to sell the footage to the TV networks but none of them showed any interest and some 50 hours of footage has still not seen the light of day. Admission was free.
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Date
Sun Jun 29, 1969 - Sun Aug 24, 1969
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18 Mt Morris Park W
Harlem New York 10027
United States
AlsoKnownAs
The Black Woodstock
Years active
1969
Founded by
Tony Lawrence

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Location

The venue is today known as the Marcus Garvey Park.