Saturday, February 6, 2010
Dr. King in Boston | Notebook . 2
We're going to try an experiment and publish our writer's notebooks for their works in progress. If they want to, that is. I'll lead off with the notes for Dr. King in Boston. Please feel free to comment and offer corrections, criticism or useful information. -- Steve.
On the dividing line between black and white worlds.
Charlies - balck and white, jazz stars, Pullman meetins, union upsatirs - 2 unions
Wally's 427 Mass.
Jazz mecca - over 13 clubs
black and white met and mingled
American Federation of Musicians Local 535 top black musicians union - 209 Mass.
center of black middle class life and culture, after leaving Beacon Hill
largest Pullman porters
Allan Rohan Crite painting
# Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a march to protest school desegregation from Carter Playground in the South End to the Boston Common in 1965. He lived at --- Mass. Ave. while he earned his doctorate at Boston University.
# CharliesBetween the 1900-1950s the South End was a vibrant ethnically diverse community. By 1950, 39 ethnic groups lived in this densely populated neighborhood. Syrian, Lebanese, Armenian, and Chinese families lived in the South End. Each grouped opening its own stores, stocking their native groceries and cultural items.
# In the 1900s, Pullman Porters and other railworkers who were largely African American eventually made their homes in the neighborhood near Back Bay Station, the terminal station for the Northeast line. They joined African American families moving into the neighborhood from the neighborhood of Beacon Hill which had become crowded.