part of DC civil rights tour

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 43, and Clearing the Way

     What walks do you recall from your childhood, and did they help you remember to think of all of our stories?  This image comes from a DC non-profit org working to preserve Civil Rights history, and is part of the newer wave of walking tours all around the city.  Look at the fences and signs next time you are out in one of the neighborhoods of your town! 


     I started my own walking singing tour company in the belief that song was a powerful way to help make this happen.  Some of what I learned is in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call (last week was page 42…):


” … street what with driving on Shabbos and all. But we still keep our history!   And we are all still family!

               “Hevenu Shalom Aleichem…”

8.      Former site of Morton’s Department Store downtown DC location: 7 th and D St, NW

     Imagine that you are seeing, in 1970, the devastated remains of the rioting from 1968. The city still has not recovered, physically nor emotionally, from the shock.

      Mortimer Lebowitz was known to many of his African-American customers as a loyal shop owner, but to the rioters, his was just another store to burn.

        We end our tour, if time permits walking down this far, with a reminder of the loyalty he showed to his customers, and that that cooperation can be renewed.  His stoic belief that the looters did not know him inspires the hope that as we do come to know one another, we can rebuild those bridges, with courage and cooperative purpose. Because the whole world really is one very narrow bridge…

“Kol ha olam kulo, gesher tsar meod…”

     The earlier more private examples of cooperation seen downtown contrasts with the later more publicly known cooperation uptown between the Black and Jewish communities here in the District of Columbia.

     We now take a tour of a neighborhood made famous for the shared activism of the later Civil Rights era, taking off from the 1948 Supreme Court ruling in Hurd versus
Hodge (and Shelley versus Kraemer) which struck down racially restrictive housing covenants, clearing the way for the famous 1954 ruling on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas which finally did away, legally, with the…



    So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about racial covenants in Washington, DC, too…

page 42 was last week, next week will be Page 44

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 Floors): a Vision of a Better World


Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS


the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(5 month GED lesson 22 of 67 plans…), and

                                              Babylon 5 review posts, and my historical fiction serial Ann&Anna posts show 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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7 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 43, and Clearing the Way

  1. Walking is my primary mode of transportation. Never learned to drive because I’m a New Yorker born and bred and anywhere my feet couldn’t take me, a subway, bus or taxi was readily available. I’m not sure if it’s the same as what you’re talking about but walking always gets my story juices flowing and certain songs take me back to my childhood days and the adventures I used to have with friends and on my own.

    Interesting piece, Shira, though I’m sure I strayed off topic (I’m old, it happens).

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    1. Not to worry, Madd: I feel much the same about walking, despite not having access to good public transit. I try to live within walking distance of store and library, and I find that I always need to carry a pen and pad with me, because it’s always when walking that ideas hit me.

      Thanks for commenting, off topic or not! 🙂

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