July 18, 2019
"Harlem became an idea and a dream and a vision because everyone fought so hard together. When it comes to change, Harlem has been in the vanguards - whether it's civil rights, women's rights, LGBT rights or immigrants rights – Harlem has been in the vanguard time and time again. So if you want to think about what we aspire to be as a city, as a nation and how we put the problems of our past behind and build something better, then all you got to do is visit Harlem," said Mayor Bill de Blasio as he started the evening off at Gracie Mansion at the HARLEM WEEK Reception.
The program also included the presentation of a proclamation to the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, accepted by founding members of HARLEM Week – Lloyd Williams, Stephanie Francis and William Rogers. André De Shields, a broadway actor, was honored by Mayor Bill de Blasio along with Ekundayo Bandele, a representative from the City of Memphis who was honored by The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce. Tiannah Adams, this year's HARLEM WEEK scholarship recipient was also presented with an award.