On October 15th, the Harlem Children’s Zone held a special dedication ceremony to celebrate the naming of our Promise Academy® school building and community center on 125th Street the Geoffrey Canada Community Center. The event was a fitting and inspiring tribute to a man who has committed his life to helping children fulfill their potential, featuring moving student performances and heartfelt words from longtime friends of HCZ, including former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and Congressman Charles B. Rangel.
Since opening in 2004, the building has been a powerful symbol of our deep-rooted investment in the community and has paved the way for widespread revitalization. We can imagine no better way to memorialize the breadth of its significance and impact — as an institution of learning, a safe haven for children, a valuable resource for families, and a beacon of hope for the entire neighborhood — than to name it the Geoffrey Canada Community Center. Geoff’s vision was always to create an organization with the leadership and longevity to support the successful development of the whole child and a whole community of children, from birth through college graduation. The Geoffrey Canada Community Center is a monument to HCZ’s continued devotion to realizing his vision.
Geoff put it best at yesterday’s ceremony: “We’re not going to lose any of these kids. We’re going to save them and, by saving them, we’re going to save America.”