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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

 

( 5 month GED lesson 21 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning, and historical fiction can also inspire courage

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.

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 20 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 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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Shira Destinie Jones’ work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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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Shira Destinie Jones’ work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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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Duke Ellington bridge, DC

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 37, and Tours as Bridges in DC

     It is crucial that the tours we take, and the bridges we build, like the Duke Ellington Bridge, in DC, help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us. 

     I still believe that attention to shared histories through walking (and singing!) tours may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that based on my own walking singing tour company, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call (last week was thirty-six  …):

 

” … an academic author and lover of history, it was clear that this forgotten cooperation was a story that needed to be told in as many ways as possible, for the sake of both communities, and for the city at large.  Many tours exist which view the history of one community or another in isolation from other communities and their historical context.  This cuts off a crucial understanding
of how we came to be where we are today, and how we can move forward by helping one another.  Such cooperation, particularly in neighborhoods like the
7 th Street business district and Shepherd Park, has been forgotten. This work of ordinary people, Black and Jewish, to forge trust, alliances and friendships set the stage for the rides, marches and ultimate success of the Civil Rights
movement, which freed both communities. Two tours developed out of that idea are described next, in the hope of inspiring others to use these tours and songs to build more bridges.

 

37      “

    So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the normal way tours usually went, back then, in DC…

Page thirty-six was last week, next week is Page thirty-eight

To read the more, you can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below the Prompts.

Action Prompts:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page of Stayed…? 

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, show how story inspires both problem-solving and encourages learning more Black History…)

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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Shira Destinie Jones’ work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 36, and Operation Understanding in DC

     It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us.  This organization, nicknamed for another famous organization, did good work some years ago.

     I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

 

” …   profile of Jewish people of color, such as the recently crowned Ethiopian Miss Israel.

Another organization based on similar programs in other cities was Operation Understanding (OU).  OU DC brings together Black and Jewish young people in Washington, DC, and endeavors to promote understanding of each culture by the other. In similar vein, the Community Cooperation walking tours of Black-Jewish Washington, DC were being offered by a recent endeavor to inspire the understanding of past cooperation and bridge building between communities.

SHIR Tours

        “Tour Guiding should be about synthesizing the histories of inter-related communities, not just recounting facts about places and celebrities.”

-Shira D. Jones, Mphil, Founder SHIR
Tours & DC Eco-Tourism Cooperative

            In 2010 a seed was planted:   the idea for walking tours of Washington, DC neighborhoods where
cooperation between African-American and Jewish
neighbors had taken place.

             Talking with older residents of the city, Black and
Jewish, revealed a Washington, DC very different from that in which the author, born in 1969, had grown up.

        Post 1960’s tensions between the Jewish and Black
communities seemed to have buried the long-standing mutual respect and sharing that had taken place between the two communities for many years.   As …

36   “

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the OU…

Page thirty-five was last week…

Action Items:

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 continuing empathy-building cooperation might 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, 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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Shira Destinie Jones’ work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Ms. Marian Anderson

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 35, and Ms. Marian Anderson

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us.  This famous Easter Concert, in 1939, paved the way for a more famous speech, given on the very same step upon which Ms. Anderson stood to sing of freedom.   Guess who gave that speech?

 

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” …

• Tutoring children from Shepherd Elementary school every week
• PAUSE writing club
• Africa Projects – Abayudayan Jewish Co-op Coffee”


The membership of Tifereth Israel Congregation overlaps to an interesting extent with that of the nearby Washington Ethical Society, and cooperates in various annual events with the ethically minded Fabrangen Havurah.


All three institutions espouse community cooperation and pride themselves on their social justice orientation. While they are all predominantly of European ancestral origin, these institutions have helped inspire the cause of
multiracial, multi-ethnic and inter community cooperation.

There are a few organizations in Washington, DC aimed specifically at Black-Jewish relations.
Sharing Points Of View


“My country ti’s of thee … For thee We sing.”

-Marian Anderson, 1939 Easter Concert


The Jewish Multiracial Network (JMN), like the Alliance of Black Jews before it, has been active in many cities, including Washington, DC, gathering Jews of varying ethnicities in a supportive environment, including an annual retreat, to allow sharing of the identity searching and building process that often goes with being a person of color in the Jewish community. The JMN works to
counter the frequently mentioned sense of isolation accompanying African- American members of the Jewish community. The JMN also works to raise the…


35   “

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the role that this concert played in DC…

Page thirty-four was last week…

Action Items:

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 continuing empathy-building cooperation might 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

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 15 of 67 plans…), and

                                              Babylon 5 review posts, 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 34, and Coffee Coops?

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?  

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … Chapter 5: Current Efforts In DC Black-Jewish Community Cooperation

Tifereth Israel Neighborhood Tutoring, EBL Walk

“TI Sells Coffee | Ugandan Jewish, Christian, Muslim Cooperative” -Tifereth Israel Social Action Committee website

Tifereth Israel congregation (TI) continues to be known for its strong commitment to social justice and to working with the Shepherd Park community. TI, which has perhaps the largest number of multiracial Jewish members of any area synagogue apart from Temple Beth Emet, also hosts a number of Black church groups in the building. Since the Civil Rights era, when TI decided to stay in the neighborhood, the congregation has worked
strongly with the local community.

TI members work with the local neighborhood and the larger city in a variety of ways, including:

• Delivering food to the homeless in a Martha’s Table van
• Preparing and serving Christmas dinner to residents of downtown
men’s and women’s shelters
• Cooking and serving meals at the Luther Place Women’s Shelter once a
month
• SOME Shelter casseroles – cooking in your own home
• Food and clothing collections
Adult Projects
• Emory Shelter overnights

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So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the role that TI synagogue played in keeping this part of DC integrated in later decades, and the various incarnations of the Washington Ethical Society.

Page thirty-three was last week…

Action Items:

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 continuing empathy-building cooperation might 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

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 12 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, 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 33, and New Tools

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?  

 

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

                “In Washington, D.C., The Time Dollar Youth Court (TDYC) provides alternative youth peer sentencing to first-time juvenile offenders in the District of Columbia, providing a constructive means of instilling respect and responsibility for self and others. The recidivism rate for Youth Court participants is 9% for those who successfully completed the Youth Court Diversion Program (as opposed to 30% for those in the D.C. area who were not referred to Youth Court). ”


In forming the RJI, Dr. Cahn again inspired cooperation, building effective and caring structures that effect real change for the youth of our society.  Next we look at ongoing community-based initiatives.

 


33  “

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about  DC, and the various incarnations of the DC Time Bank.

Page thirty-two was last week…

Action Items:

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 continuing empathy-building cooperation might 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: Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 10 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, 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.

 

Creative Commons License
Shira Destinie Jones is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.