There isn't a more important community for African American culture in the United States. Pick an influential figure over the past 100 years and you'll find a statue, street, park or mural honoring their legacy. It served as an outpost for blacks during the Great Migration north, for Puerto Ricans after World War II, and many immigrants from West Africa. While the percentage of black residents has dropped considerably, nearly a third, their influence is no less visible. African drums provide the back beat for residents as they walk home from work, black faces adorn billboards for notably "white brands" like H&M, and the modern rallying cries "I can't breathe" and "Black Lives Matter" pepper the community. Change is afoot, how fast and drastic is yet to be seen, but the most blatant is the addition of a Banana Republic directly next to the historic Apollo Theatre with their proclomation that 'There's a new show in town." Neighborhoods and cities often experience cyclical cultural change. Harlem itself was a Dutch enclave in the late 19th century before becoming synonymous with African American culture, yet somehow the loss of Harlem to gentrification and the white washing that has swept over the rest of Manhattan would be the most tragic. Culture is more than a song, a smell, a sight, it's the foundation for identity. Were the African American community to lose Harlem, it would be a blow to it's soul. As necessary as the cry "Black Lives Matter" has been, I would also offer "Black Culture Matters".