Community Participation

Community Participation at Tsion Café


On October 24, 2015, While We Are Still Here held a Community Participation Forum at Tsion in Harlem. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attended the meeting and offered words of support and encouragement, acknowledging the importance of history. 

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(Photo caption) From l to r: Karen D. Taylor, June Benjamin, Gale Brewer, Ptahra Jeppe
(Photo credit) Siyaka Taylor-Lewis


What Should History Look Like?
Community Participation Forum I


Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 3:30-6:30pm
TSION CAFÉ

763 St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem, NY

While We Are Still Here hosted an open forum for members of the community to offer input about how the extraordinary history of Harlem, Sugar Hill, and 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue, specifically, should be presented.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attended and addressed the forum, offering words that encouraged the preservation of Harlem’s vast history. Community members offered suggestions for programming and activities, ranging from curriculums to building plaques to publications and walking tours.


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Community Participation Forum II


Saturday, February 27, 2016, 3:30-6:30

TSION CAFE

763 St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem, NY

On October 24, 2015, as a community, we came together to respond to the question, "What Should History Look Like in Harlem." Based on the suggestions that were raised that day, we have come up with initial programming to, hopefully, galvanize concerned citizens..

While We Are Still Here's activities are inspired by the U.N.'s Declaration  on Cultural Diversity and Creativity. It states, heritage in all its forms must be preserved, enhanced, and handed on to future generations as a record of human experience and aspirations....