Shackled no more, Harlem lifts up its heart

Obama’s election brought spiritual liberation and hope to thousands of Americans on the streets of New York’s most famous black district.

8th November, 2008

Obama’s election brought spiritual liberation and hope to thousands of Americans on the streets of New York’s most famous black district.

It is doubtful the Economist has many subscribers in Harlem, but the black man selling copies on the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard was doing a roaring trade last Tuesday night.

The front cover, with a striking photograph of Barack Obama and the headline ‘It’s Time’,...

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