Ms. Marian Anderson

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 35, and Ms. Marian Anderson

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.  This famous Easter Concert, in 1939, paved the way for a more famous speech, given on the very same step upon which Ms. Anderson stood to sing of freedom.   Guess who gave that speech?


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:

” …

• Tutoring children from Shepherd Elementary school every week
• PAUSE writing club
• Africa Projects – Abayudayan Jewish Co-op Coffee”

The membership of Tifereth Israel Congregation overlaps to an interesting extent with that of the nearby Washington Ethical Society, and cooperates in various annual events with the ethically minded Fabrangen Havurah.

All three institutions espouse community cooperation and pride themselves on their social justice orientation. While they are all predominantly of European ancestral origin, these institutions have helped inspire the cause of
multiracial, multi-ethnic and inter community cooperation.

There are a few organizations in Washington, DC aimed specifically at Black-Jewish relations.
Sharing Points Of View

“My country ti’s of thee … For thee We sing.”

-Marian Anderson, 1939 Easter Concert

The Jewish Multiracial Network (JMN), like the Alliance of Black Jews before it, has been active in many cities, including Washington, DC, gathering Jews of varying ethnicities in a supportive environment, including an annual retreat, to allow sharing of the identity searching and building process that often goes with being a person of color in the Jewish community. The JMN works to
counter the frequently mentioned sense of isolation accompanying African- American members of the Jewish community. The JMN also works to raise the…

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So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the role that this concert played in DC…

Page thirty-four 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 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.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

         by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                help build a kinder future: Do Better (was Baby Acres): a Vision of a Better World


Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 15 of 67 plans…), and

                                              Babylon 5 review posts, how story inspires learning…)

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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