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Film Screening, Conversation, & Jazz – Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band

May 5, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

WHDC and partners present an exciting evening celebrating Mary Lou Williams’ prolific legacy.

The program, a part of the Harlem Renaissance 100 Community Celebration, will be presented on Sunday, May 5, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and School in Harlem. Founded in 1901 to serve the growing Catholic population of Hamilton Heights, the church became a spiritual sanctuary for neighborhood resident Williams in the mid-1950s.

The Program:

4:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Screening, Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, (Carol Bash, 2015)

5:00 PM — 5:50 PM
A Conversation with Carol Bash, Filmmaker & Journalist, and Loren Schoenberg, Historian and Senior Scholar, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

6:00 PM — 7:00 PM
The Bertha Hope Quartet in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America

Free and open to the public. RSVP required HERE; space is limited.


May 5, 2019
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Our Lady of Lourdes School
468 W. 143rd St.
New York, NY 10031 United States
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About West Harlem Development Corporation
West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) is a New York City-based nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization incorporated in 2011 whose mission is to promote increased economic opportunities and quality of life to sustain a vibrant West Harlem community. WHDC’s core program areas are education, workforce and economic development, and affordable housing. With its slogan “Solutions Through Collaborations”, WHDC partially achieves its mission through grantmaking to nonprofit organizations to provide services that benefit the residents of New York City’s Manhattan Community District 9 (MCD9), more commonly referred to as West Harlem. The boundaries of MCD9 are defined as: South to North from 110th Street to 155th Street; East to West from Manhattan, Morningside, St. Nicholas, Bradhurst, Edgecombe Avenues to the Hudson River.