In October 1977, ROUTES, A Guide to Black Entertainment began publishing articles relating to African-American culture and provided a guide to fun-filled activities and entertainment in the New York City area, the United States and internationally. The final issue was published in August 1980. Approximately 10 years later, May 18, 1991, ROUTES resurfaced as ROUTES, A Guide to African-American Culture, and, in a very reduced format. ROUTES ceased publishing in January 1995.
After a 20 year hiatus, ROUTES, A Guide to African-American Culture, is being restarted for a third time. ROUTES‘ maiden issue was published 37 years ago. Its founders lusted to discover African-American cultural offerings in and around New York City, and, to share those findings with similar “Lusters”. As I work through this process of republishing past issues, I am struck by the variety of their content. For better or worst, I, too, find myself reminiscing about the multitude of good and bad bygone moments. But it is very important to record that I am deeply grateful to the many people who have made it possible for ROUTES to leave a record of those who’ve given further body and contour to American culture.
At the moment, my goal is to publish the many issues of ROUTES that I have managed to find. I am missing many many issues. If anyone of you out there have any of the missing issues, I would be very appreciative if you would contact me.
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