1943 – The Harlem Riot of 1943 begins


Simmering racial tensions and economic frustrations boil over in New York City on the night of August 1, 1943, culminating in what is now known as the Harlem Riot of 1943. During an altercation in the lobby of the Braddock Hotel, a white police officer shoots a Black soldier, Robert Bandy, triggering a massive uprising.

Overwhelmingly white before the Great Migration, Harlem was 89 percent Black by the time the United States entered World War II. Despite the cultural innovations that accompanied these changes, known as the Harlem Renaissance, the neighborhood’s businesses remained mostly white-owned, and landlords and business owners continued to discriminate against Black residents. World War II brought not only conscription but also a higher cost of living, putting even more strain on a Black community whose economy was still controlled almost entirely by whites.

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Article Title

The Harlem Riot of 1943 begins

AuthorHistory.com Editors

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HISTORY

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https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/harlem-riot-of-1943-begins

Access Date

July 31, 2022

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A&E Television Networks

Last Updated

July 27, 2021

Original Published Date

July 27, 2021

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