Harlem Run joins fight against Asian hate

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell

Local running group Harlem Run joined the fight against Asian hate this week by inviting Chinatown Runners Zobel Belisario and Sam Dong to participate in their Monday run.


The Runners stopped by the Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X Mural on the corner of 125th and Old Broadway and paced through Sakura Park before ending their weekly run at the Marcus Garvey Park.

Harlem Run also raised money for Asian Mental Health Collective through the sale of Stop Asian Hate t-shirts.

Yuri Kochiyama was a community activist of Japanese descent who joined Malcolm X’s Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU). The mural, completed in 2016, pays homage to their friendship and commitment to the Harlem community.

Sakura Park is located on Claremont Ave and 122nd Street. Sakura, means “cherry blossom” in Japanese and the park owes its name to the 2,000 cherry trees donated to New York City parks by Japan in 1912.

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