NYC Honorary Street Names


Elombe Brath Way (Manhattan)
Present name:None
Location:At the southwest corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and 125th Street
Honoree: Elombe Brath (1936-2014)grew up in Harlem and Hunts Point. In 1975 he founded the Patrice Lumumba Coalition, named for the assassinated first Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The organization supported African liberation movements; was active in in the boycott of South Africa during apartheid; and was a strong advocate of the Central Park 5. Brath was also instrumental in organizing Harlem's welcoming of Nelson Mandela in 1990. He fought to eliminate the usage of the term “negro”; and in 1961 launched a Black is Beautiful campaign. It included Afrocentric fashion shows featuring African-American models. He also created the African Jazz-Arts Society and Studios in Harlem in 1956 and was a consultant on African affairs for television host Gil Noble. (Perkins)

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