Harlem Residents Protest
Pending Eviction by Church

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HARLEM RESIDENTS TO PROTEST PENDING EVICTION
OF 30-YEAR-OLD BUSINESS BY LOCAL CHURCH

On Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 1 p.m. concerned residents and various community organizations will hold a rally in front of the Harlem Record Shack located at 274 West 125th Street to protest the issued eviction of the beloved record store by its landlord the United House of Prayer. 

Sikhulu Shange owner of the Harlem Record Shack asserts that the United House of Prayer gave no legitimate reason for their sudden action. Community residents are very concerned that the pending eviction by the United House of Prayer, of the Harlem Record Shack is not only unfair but represents an alarming trend of the ever shrinking pool of Black owned businesses in Harlem as well as New York City overall.  

Many residents see the action on the part of the United House of Prayer as a “slap in the face” to the Harlem Record Shack and its owner Shange, who tirelessly worked to keep the business afloat when Harlem was in the decline. Now with Harlem on the rebound, residents fear that many unscrupulous landlords want to unfairly force out businesses such as the Harlem Record Shack without regard to what the businesses mean to the community. 

Sikhulu Shange, owner of the Harlem Record has been in the Harlem community for over 30 years. He is an active member of the Harlem community, hiring local high school and college students to provide them with valuable work experience as they support themselves as they pursue their studies. Shange also serves as founder of an elementary school in South Africa, his birthplace and continues to provide the school with much needed supplies.  

If you would like information about this event or to schedule an interview with Sikhulu Shange please call (212) 866-1600 or email at sareadi@aol.com

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HARLEM RESIDENTS TO PROTEST PENDING EVICTION
OF 30-YEAR-OLD BUSINESS BY LOCAL CHURCH