Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

December 25, 1937

On Christmas in 1937, the New York Amsterdam News reported that several Harlem churches, civic, and social organizations were helping needy families during the holidays. “Trying bravely to ignore the ragged seams, rips and patches put there by the year-round struggle against want, privation and discrimination, Harlem donned its own worn, festive attire and prepared for the holiday season this week,” the article began. The story included a picture of William “Bojangles” Robinson passing out toys to children at the 32nd Police Precinct (250 West 135th Street).

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