David Dinkins

Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and New York City's 106th and first African American mayor, David Dinkins recalls the scene in Harlem, where he began his political career, in the late 1950s.

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Photo Essay: Harlem Politics
"There is in Harlem a connection between politics and public performance . . . everyone expects a good show. And you tend to get politicians who are larger than life."
—Manning Marable

Arts and Culture
The flowering of Harlem music, theater, and writing is explored by Columbia faculty and recalled by eminent African Americans social leaders.

The Neighborhood
Harlem at different times was a magnet for Jews, West Indians, and African Americans from across the United States.

Reflections on Adam Clayton Powell, the odyssey of David Dinkins and political culture itself in Harlem.

Columbia Next Door
Quotations on Columbia’s role in the Harlem community.

The Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia.

Paul Robeson
One of the most prominent black Americans of the 1930s and 1940s, Robeson won critical and popular acclaim for his stage and screen roles.

Ahead of Their Time
From Sid Luckman to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Columbians have often been ahead of their time.
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