Sunday, October 26, 2008

Respectable Negroes in Their Sunday Best

Among the myriad attractions of Sunday morning services at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem are the impassioned sermons of the Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, its pastor, and the chance to hear its stirring gospel choir.

The procession recalled an era of elegance presumed long gone but in fact revived each week at West 138th Street and Lenox Avenue. “We made this style,” said Joe Alexander, who watched as the crowd filed by. “We’ve been dressing like this for 100 years.”

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ELIZABETH LIPPMAN






1 comment:

sheena said...

aw, these pictures are enough to make even my heathen behind want to rejoice a little bit.

you have a lovely blog!