One thing people know for sure is good music! If you haven’t already, watching the Summer of Soul documentary is a must-see! Back in the day, especially during the 60s and 70s, music was really a lifeline for Black people. Music got our people through some of the toughest times and some of those things we are still enduring to this day, but the music and the soul never die!
The Summer of Soul’s Harlem Cultural Festival thrived with the celebration of African American music and its culture. The festival was held several times between 1967 and 1974 with the festival that was held in 1969 being the most successful one.
Gear up NYC and people across the country because the modern-day Harlem Cultural Festival is set to return to Harlem in 2023. At the Marcus Garvey Park, New Yorkers can expect to experience live entertainment sessions and social and economic development programs and more. Musa Jackson, founder of the modern-day Harlem Cultural Festival, is beyond excited for New York City to experience the culture, history and special feelings she felt back in 1969.
"The original event was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience—one that I will never forget. With this initiative, we want to create something that evokes that same sense of pride in our community that I felt on that special day in 1969. We want to authentically encapsulate the full scope—the energy, the music, the culture. We want people to understand that this Festival is being built by the people who are from, live, and work in this community," Musa shares.
Make sure you are on the lookout for the tickets as soon as they go on sale.