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Race and Real EstateConflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890-1920$
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Kevin McGruder

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169141

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169141.001.0001

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African American Youth in Harlem

African American Youth in Harlem

(p.121) 5 African American Youth in Harlem
Race and Real Estate

Kevin McGruder

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes the efforts of Harlem's African Americans residents to strengthen their community by providing guidance outside the family to African American children and young adults. African Americans and their allies capitalized on a web of church, professional, and personal relationships to bring resources to the black children and young adults that approximated those available to white children and young adults who resided in that area. By the end of the 1910s, African American young adults were served by the Harlem branches of the Young Men's Christian Association and the Young Women's Christian Association. Athletic clubs provided young men with competitive opportunities to participate in sports. The Music School Settlement for Colored People provided cultural activities for young African American children and adults.

Keywords:   Harlem, blacks, African American children, young adults, youth services, Young Men's Christian Association, YMCA, Young Women's Christian Association, YWCA, athletic clubs

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