Sunday, September 25th 2016 i was invited to attend a Free screening of Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story@Unitarian Society of Germantown. The Philadelphia Jazz Project was celebrating John Coltrane 90th birthday allweek and i felt likethis viewing would add to the celebration of our great Jazz Legends. i choose to take a walk over to Unitarian and view the documentary to learn about Mr. Frank Morgan and the Jazz culture. Didn't have much money to donate to the schools music departments and that is another story, but i did mean to donate the $1.50 that i had just for some reason that didn't happen, but i will make a donation when i can because we must invest in our communities if we want our community to offer music programs in our schools !!
The walk to the church was needed because my back was aching and could use a good stretch. i figured the walk would take longer than my walk actually did and arrived at the church early. To my surprise there was people eating and talking, networking with the End Racism Committee who hosted the spread of food, drinks and deserts.i had green salad topped with a wonderful lentil bean and ginger salad, some lemonade, cake and fruit salad before we made our way to the viewing of Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story directed by NC Heikin, who happened to be in town celebrating her Philadelphia High School for Girls class reunion.
i hear stories of Martha Vineyards and what Cooney Island use to be. How people of color owned business and were really living a good and decent life. In Sound of Redemption: The Franks Morgan Story we get a glimpse of the short lived people of color owned lifestyles that i often wonder about. The people of color businesses in my community faded away for various reasons, but i was sure we had communities where we own and operate is what i thought until i started learning on facebook of how successful people of color communities are destroyed due to delusional white mentality.
Atlanta Race Riot (1906)
When the Civil War ended, African-Americans in Atlanta began entering the realm of politics, establishing businesses and gaining notoriety as a social class. Increasing tensions between Black wage-workers and the white elite began to grow and ill-feelings were further exacerbated when Blacks gained more civil rights, including the right to vote.