Honoring Our SGLBTQ Heroes


Banners Presentation
Along 125th Street

Saturday, June 1, 2019

In front of The Forum | Columbia Manhattanville
NW Corner of 125th Street & Broadway in Harlem

601 West 125th Street,
New York, NY 10027

The Gatekeepers Collective (TGC), with West Harlem Development Corp and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council launch HARLEM RENAISSANCE 2.0, honoring the Centennial of the Harlem Renaissance and SGLBTQ (same gender loving (SGL), gay, lesbian, bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Heroes: a public art and performance initiative including a series of Banners along West 125thSt. celebrating SGLBTQ Sheroes and heroes who pioneered the Harlem Renaissance, as well as a public performance created from the lived experiences of the heirs to this legacy. The goal of the initiative is to celebrate and affirm the sexual identities of these giants of African American History and culture who elevated Harlem to mythic proportions. Bessie Smith, Claude McKay, Alain Locke, Langston Hughes, and Gladys Bentley were among the originators of the Movement, all of whom were SGL. Locke, the first African American Rhodes scholar, is “the father of the Harlem Renaissance,” having coined the term. Historian, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. noted that the Renaissance “was surely as gay as it was black.”

Executive Director, Dr. John-Martin Green says, “The Gatekeeper is an indigenous African term for SGL guardians who restore balance and harmony when there is crisis in the community. As 21st Century Gatekeepers, we must spotlight the vital and unique contributions of SGL people to the history and culture of Harlem.”



A Concert Reading

Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

163 West 125th Street,
2nd Floor, New York, NY 10027 
(At Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.)

Conceived by John-Martin Green & Ulysses Williams with Charles Wallace, Petronia Paley and Stephen Conrad Moore

CELEBRATING the struggles, triumphs and BRILLIANCE of The 21stCentury DESCENDANTS of THE “NEW NEGRO MOVEMENT” who have continued to elevate HARLEM to mythic proportions.

Based on interviews with 
George Faison, Tony Award Winning Choreographer
Bonnie Harrison, Mental Health Activist
W. Franc Perry, NYS Supreme Court Justice

Directed by John-Martin Green
Staged by Dyane Harvey Salaam
Musical Direction by Dionne McClain-Freeney
Dramaturgy by Shawn RenéGraham 
Stage Managed by Bayo



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