Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 38, and Duties

     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
38      “

    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…

Action Prompts:

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.

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

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(5 month GED lesson 16 of 67 plans…), and

                                              Babylon 5 review posts, and my serial Ann&Anna show how story inspires learning…

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
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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15 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 38, and Duties

  1. First, let us get our terms straight. The past is…the past. History is the interpretation of the past, based on written sources. History is always a recreation of the past.

    The written sources available to historians are not as inclusive as I would like. Many people never created written sources. Many written sources have not survived the ravages of time. Other written sources have survived yet are not available, for one or more reasons.

    I accept your premise that history should be fully inclusive of all. However, it is not so because of the reasons I have explained.

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      1. This really gives us an understanding of where the phrase “History is written by the winners” came from. Trusting that history can have a voice of its own, and that all that deserves to be known shall somehow make itself known, is a most essential trust to have in the universe.

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