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There was a historic music festival in the summer of 1969.
posted by Miko (19 comments total)
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But it's not the one that took place in Bethel, NY. The Harlem Cultural Festival
ran from June 29 to August 24
that summer, presenting a concert every Sunday afternoon in Mount Morris Park (known today as Marcus Garvey Park)
. Three hundred thousand people
turned out for the six free concerts
, hearing acts like Nina Simone
, Sly & the Family Stone (the only act to play both Woodstock and the "black Woodstock"), Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, The 5th Dimension, Moms Mabley and. Speakers included Jesse Jackson and "blue-eyed soul brother" Mayor John Lindsay. Security was courtesy of the Black Panthers
, since the NYC police refused to provide it. Filmmaker Hal Tulchin recorded over 50 hours of concert footage
, which has remained unreleased. Historic Films
seems to hold the footage; it was supposed to be made into a movie to premiere at Sundance 2007
, but its release seems to be continually delayed
for reasons unclear.
There are a couple of other concerts that also get called the "Black Woodstock," though they took place well after 1969 -- this is a good way to confound researchers in the oughts. They are: Zaire 74
, and WattStax