by Brendan Krise
Harlem NY- Each year during Harlem Week thousands of runners take to the
streets to compete in a 5k race honoring the life of civil rights icon and
Harlem political leader Percy Sutton.
This year- on the 100th anniversary of Sutton's birth --the event will be forced
to go virtual do to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Road Runners
announced. Runners who want to participate in this year 5k- which also
honors longtime Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel - can register for the
race starting Thursday.
Racer's can run the 5k any place of their choosing -The New York Road Runner
suggest is conductive to social distancing at any time during Harlem Week.
The annual celebrating of Harlem Week will take place virtually Aug 16 to 23
Entrance fee for this year's 5k race has been eliminated, but the New York
Road Runners will be accepting donations for the Support Harlem Now
Initiative. The community relief fund was launched by the Greater Harlem
Chamber of Commerece in partnership with neighborhood institutions
and community groups to support Harlrem residents and businesses
through pandemic. Percy Sutton rose to prominence as a lawyer for civil
rights activists such as Malcom X and Stokely Carmicheal during the 1950s
He later became an influential political figure in Harlem, establishing a
political bond known as the "Gang of Four" with former Mayor David
Dinkins, Congressman Charles Rangel and Basil Patterson. Sutton serve
as Manhattan Borough President through much of the 1970s evenually
running for Mayor in 1977 but losing to Ed Koch.