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The setting of Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Raymond's Run" is Harlem, a large neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Harlem became predominantly black in the early 1900s and was the center of black culture as well as an artistic movement known as the Harlem Renaissance which began there in the 1920s. It was originally named after the Dutch city of Haarlem. While never explicitly mentioned, the story probably takes place some time in the 1960s or early 1970s. It was first published in 1971. We know that it is set around the beginning of May because the main character, Squeaky, is running in the "May Day" races. Bambara mentions a couple of streets during the story, including Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, which run parallel to each other along the length of Harlem. One of the major landmarks of this area is City College of New York where the author attained her Master's Degree in American Studies.
The setting of the story is in Harlem, New York during the running of the fifty-yard dash at the May Day track meet at Squeaky's school.
The setting of Raymon's Run is in Harlem New York during the 50-yard dash.
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