Who remembers the role that public libraries played in bringing neighbors together?
So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us now, and to come and work together, for all of us?
I believe that attention to shared histories of times when a certain library in DC helped, may provide part of an answer. I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:
” …Carnegie Public Library. Some working class neighborhoods, such as the SW neighborhood where Al Jolson learned the speaking style he would later play on
stage, allowed limited mixing. The annual Easter Monday Egg Rolling contest was, however, the only officially non-segregated social event in the city for many years. Despite this, or because of it, Washington, DC was eventually
declared the most segregated city in the Union. That artificial separation of groups and classes of people, with its attendant humiliation and ambiguity for both Negroes and Jews, was shown for the disruptive force it was meant to be, and broken down in two places: the lone institution of learning where all could meet and see past their differences, and the largest market in the city, where all could meet and see their common needs for food, and other goods, as human beings.
At the turn of the century, both communities developed similar ways of evading White discrimination. Both communities built their own institutions, and both sometimes had assimilation attempts. The Jewish community took refuge in its own institutions, from the synagogues to the YMHA near 11th and
Pennsylvania Ave, NW.
Comparable institutions in the African-American
community included churches and the 12th Street YMCA, also known as the Anthony Bowen YMCA, after a prominent free man of color who was a…
So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the levels of segregation in the city, on this page. Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.
Page sixteen was last week…
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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS
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Stayed on Freedom’s Call
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.
Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.
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