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Congressman Charles Rangel has served New York's Harlem district since 1971. He was censured by his peers for ethics violations in 2010.
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Opened in 1913, the Hotel Theresa was considered the "Waldorf Astoria of Harlem" welcoming famous African-Americans, such as Joe Louis and Lena Horne, who were turned away from "whites only" hotels.
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, discusses famous figures who contributed to the history of political activism in Harlem.
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Rangel now serving his 19th term in the House of Representatives, and is the fourth-longest serving Democrat in the House. He is also the Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means. He serves on many other boards as well, including Chairman of the Board of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Chairman of the Congressional Narcotics Abuse and Control Caucus; Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Taxation,
Executive Board of the Congressional Arts Caucus; and Dean of the New York State Congressional Delegation.
Charles Rangel currently lives in Harlem, New York, with his wife Alma, who is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses. They have two children, Steven and Alicia.
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