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Why Searching Matters on Juneteenth

For years, many newly freed people searched across the country for their formerly enslaved loved ones who had been sold away.  Green 
             Heartbreaking advertisements for missing family members appeared for years after the emancipation.  Searching  

From the first Compensated Emancipation in DC, EmanDayDC to the ratification of the 13th Amendment, freed slaves moved around “restlessly” seeking their people, whom they remembered and loved, who had been sold from plantations and away from families by owners, traders, speculators, or debt collectors.  InfoWanted Please find  more examples, as there are many records of this, dear friends.  And I wonder if, in a few years, Willow and or Anna will be engaged in this same search for lost loved ones? 

    I look forward to your comments on honoring True Seekers this Minbari and Juneteenth Monday, Thoughtful Readers.
Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Why Emancipation, Parenting, and Education All Matter on Day 16/67

   First of all, no one can be free in any way without legal freedom, from the first Compensated Emancipation in DC,  which had long been celebrated as Emancipation Day on April 16th, with a parade, EmanDayDC even, through the early 1900s or so, in The District, to the final end of that process, for areas in rebellion to the Union, on Juneteenth in Texas, although most border states like Maryland, which had remained part of the Union, had also emancipated slaves, except for Delaware and Kentucky.  Slaves in those states had to wait until ratification of the 13th Amendment.
(src: The Washington Post)
      Then, no one can be entirely free of self-doubts without a loving, respectful, and supportive father.
    Finally, no one can be wholly free to expand and thrive without education of various types, on Day 16/67.
    I look forward to your impressions, Thoughtful Readers.
Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Do Neighbors Still Have Block Parties?

      Here is a question I’ve had for a while that may partially explain the lack of empathy today. Back in the 1980s, in DC, folks used to block off  either end of the street, and share food and smiles for a few hours with all of the neighbors.  Is that common, still?  

 This might help building understanding, maybe?

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 La Vérité et Réconciliation par l’Empatie

(English version here…)

C’est presque le fin des Paques, donc on partage les histoires de la Liberté. J’ai creé qulqus uns avec des histoires inconnues a Washington, DC.

C’est avec le but d’aider de trouver les moyennes de nous soulager de l’histoire de l’ésclavage.

La Réconciliation ne peut venir qu’aprés la Vérité:


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  Donc, il faut connâitre la vérité.  L’histoire c’est important, et on a de l’espoire, comment cette lettre de manumission pour un esclave:

 manumission_of_slave2c_francois2c_by_auguste_chouteau2c_signed_aug._chouteau2c_henry_chouteau2c_and_t.f._smith2c_september_262c_1826  letter…

Choses a Faire pour aider l’espoir:

1.) Chercher des histoires d’esclaves ou vous habitez.

2.) Comment et ôu est que on peut trouver ces histoires ?

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Freedom (and still French) Fridays for Truth and Reconciliation via Empathy

It’s nearly the end of Passover, so share your stories of Freedom, please. I tried to incorporate some untold stories into the tours I developed in DC.

First, some suggestions for every Community College or Continuing Education campus below, that I consider part of the processes of repairing some part of the damage done by slavery:

1.) a small library or study area, for students with no quiet home,

2.) workshops given by recent local graduates, to mentor current students,
3.) an on-site nurse paid for by medicaid, and
4.) access to public transportation, such as shuttles between campuses,

Now, the tours.

Since I’ve been a bit lacking on my study of  Language this week, I must fall back on my study of tours in DC, from 2011!

2011-10-27 19:11:00
“The Ghosts of Slave Pens Past!” walking tour of DC
Join me, licensed DC Tour Guide Shira D. Jones, as we walk past places that recall the Dickensionan horrors of Victorian era jails, but with inmates whose only crime was being born to the wrong mother -a slave.

This unique Black History related tour of downtown DC will focus on places long forgotten, but which should never be forgotten. Dress for the weather and to walk!

Tours on a sliding scale.
Peace!
(This tour drew very little interest…)

My notes thus far:

Slave pens are important.
No one knew that one slave pen was where the FAA building was, and that the DC City Jail was essentially used as a free slave pen.

So, it turns out that history matters, after all: but here is a ray of hope in the form of a manumission manumission_of_slave2c_francois2c_by_auguste_chouteau2c_signed_aug._chouteau2c_henry_chouteau2c_and_t.f._smith2c_september_262c_1826  letter…

Action Items in support of   hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources to locate slave pens or locations that coffles may have passed by in your area.

2.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that discusses slavery.

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Shira

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Book Review and Mild Rant

This might become more of a rant, but I doubt it.  This book needs more circulation, and Black History needs more attention.  See the book review first:

A Free Man of Color and His Hotel: Race, Reconstruction, and the Role of the Federal GovernmentA Free Man of Color and His Hotel: Race, Reconstruction, and the Role of the Federal Government by Carol Gelderman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Here is another important book on Black History in DC that I read in 2013, but neglected to review, in the rush to finish editing Stayed on Freedom’s Call. This book details the success of a man who rose to importance and wealth in DC before the Civil War, and is generally not spoken about on the DC Tour circuit. That was part of what I tried to include in my walking tours of different parts of the city, and I hope is remembered in the new free walking tours of various neighborhoods of DC.

View all my reviews  and now, the rant:

I’m shocked by how little I can find of Black History, or of Black Historical Fiction,   in comparison to Regency, WWI, or other types of history on the blogosphere.  Am I just looking in the wrong places, or is the lack of attention to issues concerning BiPoC also here in blog land, too, and if so, how do we address this lack?

 

Action Prompt:

      Consider some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now.  Share them with us in the comments, here, please, and write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your 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

                      We can  Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to create a kinder future

 

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Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page, and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!  🙂

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for the sake of and in service to HumanKind…

Shira  

Ms. Marian Anderson

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 41, “For Thee We Sing”

     What songs do you think we can sing to make our history more  inclusive of all of our stories?

     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 40…):

 

” … sounds like an English song coming from the building. So maybe not all Jewish services are held entirely in Hebrew after all. The sounds of a lovely organ float out as the door again opens, while you remember overhearing a Jewish friend describing the upper level of Meridian Hill Park.

     You wistfully ponder the uppermost fountain
level, which you never sat in, although you could have passed for White.   You feel glad for your Jewish friend who was able to enjoy it, as you listen to another song, again in English, coming through the door:

        ”Ti’s the give to be simple, ti’s the give to be free,
           Ti’s the gift to be where we ought to be…”

5. Mt. Vernon Sq. DC Historical Society / Carnegie DC Central Public Library: 8 th and K, NW

     You are a White teenager, in the tumultuous year 1939, going to do some work at the library. As you enter the library, you see all the tables taken, filled with Jewish and colored patrons. You take an empty seat next to a colored girl. It feels strange to sit next to her, since every place else in the city keeps them out, so you never see colored people except doing menial work, mostly. This Easter saw a big bruhaha at the Lincoln Memorial over that colored singer the First Lady had give her concert. She was very good, admittedly, but still, everyone knows that the races really should not mix. That is what your parents said. Leaving the library, a group of colored and white children stood on the plaza, singing a song you have never heard before:

                “Lift every voice and sing,

                ’till earth and heaven ring,

                 ring with the harmonies of
liberty…”

6. Chinese Community Church / Ohev Shalom Talmud Torah: 5 th and I St, NW

             Oy, what a year it has been! This September, just like that, we will be

41 …    “

    So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the level of segregation in Washington, DC, too…

page 40 was last week, next week will be Page 42

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.

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

 

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Shira

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 40, and Controversy

     What steps do you think we can take to make our history more  inclusive of all of our stories?

     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 39…):

 

” .. the Jewish community and without. Since breaking off from the reformers at Washington Hebrew Congregation, which should have been called Shaarei Tefilah, or maybe it was Shaarie Tzedek, as one person insists, though no one seems to remember now; but how to approach the Gates of Prayer when the mixed seating and organ music were so distracting? And shouldn’t Hebrew be used, the Sacred Language, for prayers, not English or German? So we remained traditional.

Orthodox some are calling us. Then there was the controversy over colored members of the Republican Congress passing laws permitting the Negroes to ride and eat in the best places in the city, which deeply offended many older White residents, and of course the newly readmitted Southern Congressmen.

You step inside your newly built synagogue, quietly singing

“Mah Tovu, ohalekha Yaacov, mishkanotekah Israel…”

3. New dome topped Adas Israel Building : 6 th and I St, NW:

    Well the year is 1906, and your cousin is finally getting married!      In the new beautiful shul just built for the bursting at the seams congregation. Let us hope that the Italian fruit seller, the nice Mr. Stephen Gatt who bought the old building Adas used to daven in, treats it with respect. Our new building is beautiful, just like a mosque from old Spain.    Some claim that all of our German Jewish shuls look like mosques from Medieval Spain,
but who is to say?

Oh!    There is the music, don’t trip over little Albert Small! It’s time to go dance! “Od Y’shama be arei Yehudah, u bekhutzot Yerushalaim…”

4. Greater New Hope Baptist Church / Washington Hebrew Congregation: 8 th and I St, NW Walking past the Reform synagogue on your way to the library, you are startled.
Stopping to listen as the door opens for a moment, you are surprised to hear what
40.    “

    So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the importance of song in the Jewish community, too…

Page 39 was last week, next week will be Page 41

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 historical fiction serial Ann&Anna posts 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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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 39, and Learn By Singing

     What steps do you think we can take to make our history more  inclusive of all of our stories?

     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 38…):

 

” … their free status or pay for their upkeep while housed at the jail.   For years, one site of the City Jail was, ironically, the current location of the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial, at the corner of 4 th and G Streets, NW.

That corner, across from “Meigs Red Barn”, as the Old Pension Office was known, is where this walking tour of about 2.5 hours, begins.

1. National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial / one site of the DC City Jail: 4 th and G St, NW Imagine the year is 1850 and night has fallen, cooling the city, just passing 10pm.

          You are a Jewish businessman, newly arrived from Baltimore, passing by the City Jail on your way to 7 th street to meet an associate. You cross paths with a well-dressed colored man being led into the jail in irons. He bows courteously to you as you pass by, and you wonder why he could have been arrested. You remember being told that the colored residents of this city, even when free, faced grave difficulties, and to be particularly careful not to discuss abolition, given the disturbances of 15 years ago.

             How, you ask yourself, can public constables, sworn to uphold the law, also be the paid agents of private slave traders? And what to do if ordered to help stop a fleeing slave, given the Rambam’s position that one must not return a slave to his master?    You hear the strains of a song, lifted up in a rich pain-filled contralto from somewhere nearby singing

“Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, Sometimes I feel like a motherless child,

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, a long way from home…”

2. Plaque above grating, corner of Metro HQ / original site of 1st Adas Israel: 6 th and G St, NW

     The year is 1876, and you ponder the the past 7 years of strife, both within


39   “

    So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the importance of song in the lives of slaves, and in the Civil Rights movement…

Page thirty-seven was the previous week,  page 38 was last week, next week will be Page 40…

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 historical fiction serial Ann&Anna posts 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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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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