/ April 6, 2021

When Harlem Saved a King: Mental health in the Black community then and now


“When Harlem Saved A King: Mental Health in the Black Community Then and Now” 
is a panel discussion about the September 20th,1958 stabbing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Izola Ware Curry, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia following the incident. Panelists discuss mental health in the Black community then and now, the importance of treatment, and available mental health services and resources in Harlem and citywide.

This discussion features Dr. Jeff Gardere (America’s Psychologist), Dr. Allyne Spinner (Ms. Izola Ware Curry’s social worker), Sylvia White (Chief of Staff for Harlem Hospital), Reverend Jacques DeGraff (President of The Friends of Harlem Hospital Center) and Dana Bello (Librarian, New York Public Library, Countee Cullen Branch). The panel is moderated by Christopher Lynn-Logue, Employer Engagement Manager at the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health, and presented by Spaces to Thrive, a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health and The New York Public Library, and The Community Initiatives.