A Civil Rights Tour of the Upper West Side

Janes Walk

Led By Leigh Hallingby, Licensed NYC Tour Guide, Harlem Walks

The Upper West Side of Manhattan is home to about 20 sites connected with important leaders and activists in U.S. civil rights history. Our 50-minute virtual tour will begin with an examination of NYC’s most prominent memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at West 66th St. and Amsterdam Avenue. We will decode this most unusual and complicated sculpture, which most people walk past without actually taking it in. Further stops will relate to, among others, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Ellie Wiesel. An Upper West Sider whom many people are surprised to learn was a civil rights activist is the writer and humorist Dorothy Parker. And there is a brand new commemoration of the “Central Park Five,” now known as the “Exonerated Five.”

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Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


On Demand
Less than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Advocacy, Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Platform: On Zoom
Language: English
Sculpture by William Tarr at the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Photo: Leigh Hallingby.