Rebels of Black History: How ‘Joy Goddess’ A’Lelia Walker Created Revolutionary Spaces for the Artistic and the Sensual

The intersection of 136 and Lenox Ave in Harlem is a busy one: within feet of each other are a mosque, a beauty supply, a Dunkin’ Donuts, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Countee Cullen Library, named for the famed Harlem Renaissance poet. It is a quintessential mix of commercial and intellectual activity in a neighborhood known for being a hub of black life.

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