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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 47, and Song

       How do melodies help keep us going, and even connect us to community?

     I wrote this book in the belief that song is a powerful way to help bring people together, and that remembering the stories around those songs can help us learn from our history.  I hope, as we come to the end of my book, Stayed on Freedom’s Call, that this journey has been a valuable one for you (last week was Page 46…):

 

” …  7.   Washington Ethical Society: 7750 16th Street NW

Proudly built in Shepherd Park specifically because it was an integrated neighborhood. This humanist congregation is part of the history of Civil Rights, and the present of community cooperation.

Sometimes you can hear folks standing outside the building, next door to the former home of NAACP lawyer Frank Reeves, singing:

“I woke up this morning with my mind,
stayed on Freedom… ”

8. Tifereth Israel Congregation: 7701 16th Street, NW

The shul stayed, and is helping to Repair the World, one step at a time down Georgia Avenue. Now we finish up the tour looking down 16th Street, toward the White House if we could see that far along what was once the nation’s Prime Meridian, and we close with a niggun, a melody that both soothes and recalls hope, as we recall the ideals which inspired men two centuries ago to found a nation predicated on the fundamental equality of all men.

“Yai daaiii dai daii, yai daaiii dai daii,
yai daii dai dai dai daii daiii aaayyyii…”

 

47

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    So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about niggunim?

Page 46 was last week, next week will be Page 48…

Action Prompts:

1.) 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.   (You can download the entire book for free here from The Internet Archive…)

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

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Shira

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Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 46, and Legends

       How do you hear the local legends in your neighborhood?  How do you know if they are right?

 

     I started my own walking singing tour company in the belief that legends were 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 45…):

 

” … the 1980’s, when the practice was finally prohibited.

“They won’t admit they love us, and so,

how are we ever, to know? They always tell us, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps…”

4. The site of Pomona: 7714 13th Street, NW Shhh.  Don’t tell the local residents, but this was not really the mansion of Boss Shepherd.  Lots of long time residents seem to be sure that it was, but this Victorian era home was actually the home of dry goods merchant D. Clagett. Best to just keep on going, and whistle a happy tune…

“How much is that doggie in the window?

How much can that little doggie be…”

5. Shepherd Elementary School: 14th and Kalmia Rd, NW Dedicated in 1932 as
an all White school, in a neighborhood where the houses had covenants prohibiting
their sale to people of color, and now, it is, 1963. Thirty years later, Bobby Kennedy
is standing here giving an award to Marvin Caplan on behalf of Neighbors, Inc. from his brother the President! They say that the North Washington Neighbors, Inc. chapter was emulated as a model for stabilizing integrated neighborhoods in cities all across the country!

This truly is a time when every one of us can join hands and sing, all together:

 

“We Shall Overcome…”

 

6. The Shepherd Playground: 15th and Kalmia Rd, NW

          It is 1948, and frightening changes are about to come. Will the neighbors stay, now that colored families could move in, or will they go?    It is so nice here, close to Rock Creek Park and all of the walking and hiking trails.

“Don’t you let nobody,

Turn you ’round, turn you round, turn you round,

Don’t you let nobody, Turn you ’round,

Walking on the Freedom Trail…”

46 …

      “

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

page 45 was last week, next week will be Page 47…

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

-we can learn from the past via Stayed on Freedom’s Call,

          by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plan list) in the present, to

                  help build a kinder future:  Project Do Better: we can build a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

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
(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 45, and “Farther Along”

       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?

“Que sera,
sera,

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!

“Farther along,

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…

45 

      “

    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…

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:  Project Do Better: we can build a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

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
(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 44, and BlockBusting

       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 43…):

 

” … doctrine of Separate But Equal.  That famous ruling, and indeed the preceding rulings in 1948, set the stage for the protests of the 1960’s necessary to secure enforcement of the rights gained in the court room.

Let us go, now, to Upper Northwest, into the “tree streets” of Shepherd Park where a group of neighbors inspired cooperation across the nation.

Uptown Black-Jewish DC: Shepherd Park

Countering Blockbusting, Creating Integrated Community

        We travel back in time just a little to the turbulent 1960’s to the fight to keep neighbors and synagogues from leaving Shepherd Park, working to build common ground. In three short years, “Boss” paved the streets, but cost the city both its money and its votes.

Many asserted that the Colored 24% of the City’s electorate had much to do with the 1874 loss of Home Rule.

This flower and tree-filled section, where the streets are named for the plants which the man who gave his name to this neighborhood cultivated, has always been an exclusive part of Upper North West.

 

Page 44  …

      “

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

page 43 was last week, next week will be Page 45

Action Prompts:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page of the book?  (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.

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:  Project Do Better: we can build a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

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
(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.

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…

43

      “

    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

Shira

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
(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 42, and Wandering

     What songs do you recall from your childhood, and did they help you remember to think 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 41…):

 

” … going to school with Colored kids. Ike ordered our school superintendents to merge the Colored and White school systems, right after that Supreme Court decision. No waiting. They say the Reform shul is leaving this year or next, moving somewhere up near where Adas went, not far from the National Cathedral. We might not get to see any of our friends anymore, since we are supposed to move soon, to the other side of Rock Creek Park, with TAOS on 16th Street. We have only been here since 1906 and now, just about 50 years later, we are leaving again. All of these wandering shuls must be like what the immigrants who founded this shul felt like, coming from Eastern Europe. Abandoned by our older American Jewish friends once again. At least we still remember how to speak Yiddish. Maybe that is why our Aunt keeps singing that song.

        There she goes again:

                               “Aaahhhyyyyy, Romania, Romania, Romania, Romania…”

7.      Relocated Original small wooden Adas Israel Synagogue Building :   3 rd and G St, NW

    Wow!

          NASA puts a man on the moon this summer, and now our very own Jewish Historical Society moves a building three blocks in three hours this winter!    All that after surviving the riots last year. December 18 th , 1969, yes sir, this is a day for the Jewish community to remember. Albert Small is not so little anymore, and he still remembers Adas, the Library up at 8 th and K, and the YMHA down there at 11 th and Penn. too, tying up the whole community from one end to the other. People even used to go from one shul to the other in those days. All back and forth along I street, from 5 th and I to 8 th and I, but Adas and the library were the main stays of the neighborhood, at least for us anyway. Now Adas is up on Connecticut Avenue, a Conservative shul, and Ohev is still frum, across from TI on 16 th Street, still speaking Yiddish. I guess people aren’t so likely anymore to switch from Ohev to Washington Hebrew just to be more American, since it’s harder to get to now, over on Macomb…

42      “

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

page 41 was last week, next week will be Page 43…

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 Plan list) 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 21 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.

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.

 

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

short narrative nonfiction: “I Shouldn’t Exist?”

      …  Memories of visiting mid 1970’s NYC from NJ…

     We were in one of those tunnels, smelling the stink of the city.  Was this the Lincoln, or the Holland?  I could hear Suzanna calling the gas station owner a putz, again, over the cough of her little VW’s engine.   I thought I’d seen a flash of blue light for a second, but then the engine stuttered.  I hoped we wouldn’t break down.   She’d said that he watered down his gas to make more money.  How did they put water in the gasoline, anyway?  Wasn’t it all closed up somewhere?    I turned to Suzanna.  She knew so many interesting things, and never told me to stop asking questions.  

She wouldn’t look at me.

     My stomach started to get upset, the way it did with other people, when they got mad.  But I’d never seen Suzanna mad at me, even when I peaked in her room at the Wonder Woman poster she was saving for my seventh birthday.

“Look.”

     Her voice was wrong, not hers.  I tried to look over at her, but I couldn’t move.  What did I do?     It was like …   Why were we pulling over?

     Suzanna looked up at the rear view mirror, at something behind us.  When she turned back, leaning to look me in the eyes, her face wore a mask of fright.

     “Alright, that cop is going to think you’re my daughter.”  

     She looked at me in a weird way.  Like I scared her, and went on,

“So he’s going to think that I’m dating a Black guy.  So don’t go making any of your smart alec remarks.”

     She turned back to her window, working the hand crank and pushing on it to finish rolling the window down.  Just then, a big white man with a very pink face appeared in her window, looking over at me, then back at her.

     It was that same look I’d seen every time a kid was about to beat me up.

I look forward to your thoughts.

Shira

Action Prompts:

1.) Share your thoughts on how this story may encourage empathy-building cooperation, and might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

2.) 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

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

 

Peace    

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

( 5 month GED lesson 17 of 67 plans…),

  Ranger M.’s Babylon 5 review posts, because story inspires learning.  There is also my historical series  Ann&Anna.  I  hope that these stories will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools….

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.

Shira 

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