How do neighbors in your town come together?
I started my own walking singing tour company in the belief that song was a powerful way to help bring people together to learn from our history. Some of what I learned is in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call (last week was page 44…):
” … 1. The site of Bleak House: Geranium St, NW, between 15 th and 14 th Streets, NW
It has been here since the year 1870, and now “Boss” Alexander Robey Shepherd’s mansion Bleak House, named for the Dickens novel which he and his wife read
together, is finally being torn down. Now that 1916 has arrived, so have developers who want to subdivide and build houses in this lovely area. For the “Better Classes,” of course. What will it be like in forty more years, we wonder?
whatever will be, will be…”
2. Marvin Caplan Park: triangle bounded by 13 th Street, Holly St, and Alaska Ave, NW
Traveling to the year 2009, if he could see this, Boss Shepherd would be rolling in his grave.
When he moved here in 1957, Marvin Caplan saw a problem that he was uniquely suited to solve, having lived among people of color for years, and the next year formed Neighbors, Inc to create a solution.
He continued a tradition, going back at least to 1933 and the sharing of tactics between labor movement and civil rights advocates begun with the New Negro Alliance, of cooperating with fellow advocates for change. He went on to tell the story of that cooperative endeavor,
describing it in his autobiography,
“Farther Along,” after his favorite song.
How serendipitous! Here is a group standing in the park singing it right now!
we’ll know why, oh,
farther along, we’ll know why …
we will understand it all by and by…”
3. Thirteenth Street, North West: 13 th and Alaska Avenues
Welcome to the boundary line.
Thirteenth Street was the unofficial dividing line that the real estate agents used to use when directing customers wishing to purchase a home.
West of 13 th street to 16 th was white, and between
13 th Street and Georgia Avenue was colored, even until…
So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about Negro Spirituals, and the historic Black Churches (like Mt. Zion UMC!!) in Washington, DC, too…
Page 44 was last week, next week will be Page 46…
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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
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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