Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 23, and Blockbusting

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right? 

Especially where housing is concerned.

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … given person really was. White residents of the Capital felt that they knew both how to identify and what to expect from colored residents. He now found that those same misconceptions were being used by unethical real estate agents and speculators, now known as Block Busters, to frighten White home owners into selling cheaply, profiting on their fear of the unknown after over 70 years of nearly complete separation of races and classes in the District of Columbia.

Ironically, similar unethical practices had created much of this segregation in
the District near the turn of the century. While there were formally organized groups working to make legal changes, the social changes were more difficult to fight. Marvin Caplan ́s now famous accomplishment in creating Neighbor ́s, Inc, won recognition from the Kennedy administration, and the respect of those at Tifereth Israel conservative synagogue who worked with him and with Rabbi Nathan “Buddy” Abramowitz.

Tifereth Israel, voting to stay in the neighborhood on upper 16th street, NW after an apparently tumultuous Board Meeting, was instrumental in anchoring the neighborhood of Shepherd Park as an integrated neighborhood, with the determination of members to work together with their colored neighbors for positive social change. The presence of those young families from Tifereth Israel in turn, quite likely kept families from her “sister synagogue” the orthodox Ohev Shalom across the street, in the neighborhood as well.

The nearby minyan (a small independent prayer group) at a neighborhood apartment complex also continued to meet, possibly
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Page 23″

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the role of T.I., and the famous board meeting, on this page?  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page twenty-two was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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GoodReads button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,  Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline):


Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(The last GED lesson 67/67 , and the first lesson 1/67…), and

Babylon 5 review posts (online, offline: B5EpsThr15), and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

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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9 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 23, and Blockbusting

  1. Two thoughts SD:
    1) I have a longtime best friend, who is Jewish. Her family was (and still is) the only white family who lives in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Chicago. Their house even burned down, and they had it re-built right where it was before. I’ve never asked why, but this piece has provided a bit of clarity as to maybe why they stayed. They are also very liberal, social justice advocates, so what I’ve read here makes sense to apply to them as well.

    2) Have you watched “Them” on Netflix? It’s a bit much, but it tackles the issue of segregated housing from a fictional POV.

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    1. Hi, Dr. G:
      1.) Very cool -thank you for letting me know that my writing has made a difference, that really helps me keep going.
      2.) No, but I will try to get it, now.
      Thank you!

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