OP-ED COLUMNIST - Escape From New York - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
New York City holds a special place in the collective conscience of Black America.
Not only does it have the highest concentration of blacks --
according to the 2000 Census, there were more blacks living in New York
City than in all but four whole states -- much of black intellectual
power and cultural capital has been accrued within its borders.
It gave voice to Shirley Chisholm, refuge to Malcolm X, legs to
Althea Gibson and opportunity to Jackie Robinson. It was the incubator
of the Harlem Renaissance, the proving ground of jazz and the birthplace
It was a black Mecca and magnet. Was.
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