Do you think that our history should be fully inclusive of all of us ?
I started my own walking singing tour company in the belief that it should, and that our duty is to help make this happen. Some of what I learned is in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call (last week was page 37…):
” … Chapter 6: Walking Tours Highlighting Black-Jewish
Community Cooperation, With Songs
Downtown Black-Jewish DC: From the Library to the YMHA
“You may not return a runaway slave regardless of his ancestry or that of the master.”
-Mitzvot in Parashat Ki Tetze
This walking tour combines salient points of the history of the earliest Jewish communities in the Federal City with that of contemporary African- American communities.
The emphasis is on opportunities and places that
allowed both communities to interact and cooperate.
From the founding of the City of Washington until the end of 1850, the domestic slave trade was quite strong in the area, first through the far older city of Georgetown, and then through the port of Alexandria, Queen of the domestic slave trade in the United States. The fewer than 200 Jews officially living in the young nation’s capital would have heard and perhaps seen the slave coffles, troops of Negro men, women and children shackled together, being driven like cattle down 7 th Street
by the various slave traders operating in the city. Several had their slave pens quite near what is now the FAA building, while others notoriously used the DC
City Jail. They and the local constables held and then illegally sold slaves and free men of color arrested on the flimsiest of pretexts and unable to either prove
So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the effect that the Fugitive Slave Act of 1851 had on DC…
Page thirty-seven was last week, next week will be Page 39…
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 this page from Stayed On Freedom’s Call helps continuing empathy-building cooperation, and may also help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.
4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.
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Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
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by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to
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Peace ! שָׁלוֹם
Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS
the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE
(5 month GED lesson 16 of 67 plans…), and
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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