The war on drugs, 1970

street sermon, harlem, 1964

Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, pastor of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, delivering an anti-narcotics sermon in Harlem: “The 28th Precinct, where our church was situated, was one of the worst drug centres in New York City. You couldn’t buy aspirin, but you could buy any kind of drug.” [Photo by Michael Evans, NY Times]

PS: The picture reminds me of The New Yorker’s recent piece on Michael Javen Fortner’s book, “Black Silent Majority”.

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