Who remembers the role that public libraries played in bringing neighbors together?
So, how do we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us now, and to come and work together, for all of us?
I believe that attention to shared histories of times when a certain library in DC helped, may provide part of an answer. I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:
” …Carnegie Public Library. Some working class neighborhoods, such as the SW neighborhood where Al Jolson learned the speaking style he would later play on
stage, allowed limited mixing. The annual Easter Monday Egg Rolling contest was, however, the only officially non-segregated social event in the city for many years. Despite this, or because of it, Washington, DC was eventually
declared the most segregated city in the Union. That artificial…
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