HARLEM WEEK Percy Sutton Run & Walk Salutes 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on Aug 23

HARLEM WEEK August 23 events include: Percy Sutton Harlem 5k Run & Walk saluting NAACP & Civil Rights heroes Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner; Golden Hoops Basketball Championships with NBA legends and Outdoor Film Festival with reggae's “Rockers.”
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NEW YORK - Aug. 21, 2014 - PRLog -- This Saturday, August 23, HARLEM WEEK invites everyone to come out and join and watch the thousands participating in The Percy Sutton Harlem 5k Run & Walk Saluting the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and supporting the historic role of the NAACP in its quest in defending social justice issues. For the basketball enthusiasts, bring the entire family to Rucker Park and enjoy some of NYC’S best youth and high school basketball and see some of the City’s and NBA’s Basketball Legends at the Golden Hoops Basketball Championships.

These are the closing public events of the annual HARLEM WEEK festival which this year celebrates its 40th Anniversary with more than 109 events which began on July 27th.

The day begins at 8:30AM with the Percy Sutton 5k Run and NYC Walk Saluting the 50th Anniversary of The 1964 Civil Rights Act.. Over 6,000 persons will participate in this run and walk through Historic Harlem that is presented in concert with the NY Road Runners and the run is also a qualifying event for the NYC Marathon.

The day continues after the run and walk with special awards and salutes celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Special recognition will be made honoring the slain 1964 Civil Rights Heroes James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. There will be special tributes to Eric Garner and Michael Brown who were both most recent high profile victims of Police Brutality in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri respectively. The day will also pay tribute to and support the historic role of the NAACP and their continuing efforts in Civil Rights and Social Justice. Activities will take place throughout the afternoon including live performances from folk/gospel artists, Doo-Wop/R&B Artists, African Drummers and  Hip Hop Artists who will connect the importance of the Civil Rights Act to Hip Hop culture and its ability to develop as a voice of protest for the younger generation. In addition there will be health exhibitions, Martial Arts Demonstrations and more. “It will be a day for the entire family to celebrate heroes, honor those who have contributed so much to enhance our lives and remember that we still have much to do but still do it all in a fun family atmosphere. We want everyone to bring their blankets and lawn chairs and join us on Saturday on the great hill of St. Nicholas Park at 135th Street.”

While the activities are taking place in St. Nicholas Park, Basketball greatness past and future will be celebrated at the World Famous Rucker Park at W. 155th Street & Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The Golden Hoops will feature four basketball games of boys and girls All-Stars from throughout NYC from young or “biddy” players through high school players. Plus some All-Time NBA Basketball Greats will be honored including Tom Hoover (St. Louis Hawks), Cal Ramsey (NY Knicks), Kenny Smith (Houston Rockets) and Hawthorne Wingo (NY Knicks) The Golden Hoops begins at 11:30am.

The day concludes at St. Nicholas Park with the HARLEM WEEK/Imagenation Outdoor Film Festival showing of “Rockers”, a classic Caribbean film celebrating Reggae Music and culture featuring iconic Reggae artists Burning Spear, Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth, Dillinger and Jacob Miller among others. The outdoor Film Festival begins at 6PM.

For detailed information on all the HARLEM WEEK events and to register for selected events please visit www.HARLEMWEEK.com, Download the HARLEM WEEK App available for free in The Apple Store for Iphones & Ipads and Google Play for all Android Devices or call 877-427-5364.

Marko Nobles
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