Re: Recent discussions about innercity urban metropolis predominanty Black neighborhood, gentrification, and migrations, past and present, , I recall the family grocery several blocks from my home. The kindly grocer owner who waited on us would only charge us several pennies for candy and would be seen smiling at our enthusiasm as we excitedly sometimes picked out our choices. Those were the days … Several blocks from my house … and he was a white man operating the local neighborhood grocery!
- Prior to the 1960s Columbus and Detroit where I made regular visits due to the alimony court arrangements where my divorced father lived was also divided into Ethnic neighborhoods and was an Italian neighborhood where between 7 and 10 years of age I attended an elementary shool with predominantly Italian American teachers and when I ventured further down in the neighborhood, also next to the then rich folks East Grand Boulevard mansions and nearby homes where when walking by you could smell the fragrant roses and flower ladened backyard gardens. Mansions now owned by landlords who have divided the mansions up to become urban-like tenement buildings for recently arrived Blacks and south of the MasonDixon line Kentucky individuals and nearby lower income (“trailer camp whites!”) or Appachlachian whites!) leading to Belle Island, My paternal grandmother Rosa Carter when I was about 5 or 6 years old had takenme with her to the then existing Lexington Avenue Black Episcopal Church and I asked her about the people in the congregation oddly bowing their heads and kneeling in prayer that was so unlike my later 12 year old Baptist church observation. .
- After my Columbia University campus baccaulareate commencement cceremonies conducted by then the very influential in my life, Chaplian Krumm (whose sermons and particularly his baccaulareate sermon … “learning for the sake of learning” … “knowledge and learning … a continuous process in life” (a recording of which I carried with me and often replayed) later Bishop Krumm (if I recalled the name correctly. This occurred at the 1960 commencement exercises!) of the Southern Episcopal Diocese of Ohio and a year of catchecism under the guidance of a Black Episcopal priest raised in New England assigned to the all Black Episcopal Woodland Avenue St Philips Church. Father Kenneth Higginbotham was a very liberally bred Black Episcopal priest and at a religious retreat at the rurally beautiful built with live peacocks wandering around the grass area of the Ohio Proctor Farm contributed by theProctor and Gamble Episcopalian wealthy family prior to baptism, I better understood the Episcopal church tradition!
- I would watch the white bridally dressed “brides of Christ” and the suit and tie boys as they waited to enter the large Italian Roman Catholic church. I took catechism at downtown St Joseph’s Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio, and left in tears after a heated disagreement over scriptures with the young Roman Catholic priest.
- Harold L Carter Incidentallly, my uncles and aunts and grandmother had abeen moved by my paternal grandfather, a former 6 year old slave when the Emancipation Proclamation was announced, to a new family home in Columbus, Ohio in the 1917 during the time of or just before or as a part of the “Historic 1920s Movement of Blacks from the South,” and it was located in the all Black “Mt Vernon Avenue and Long Street Eastside neighborhood to an all white neighborhood adjacent to Columbus, Ohio’s “Germantown” neighborhood prior to my uncles and aunts and grandmother being moved to Columbus Southside where we were the only Black family on the block during my pre-teen years and that grocer just happened to be a white man! The Black Baptist church that I was baptized in at age12 was in the far Southside adjacent to the Italian/Hungarian neighborhood.
[Note: “John McGill Krumm (March 15, 1913 – October 23, 1995) was sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio.
A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (1935), Virginia Theological Seminary (1938), and Yale University (1948), he was ordained deacon and priest in 1938. He served as rector of St. Matthew’s Church, San Mateo, California; dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Los Angeles, and chaplain of Columbia University (1952-1965). After a term as rector of the Church of the Ascension, New York, he was Bishop of Southern Ohio from 1971-1980]
Another incidental event was attending a lecture at Proctor Farm given by the Dayton, Ohio Black St Margaret Episcopal Church family raised and later Ohio State University Black Studies director and Columbia University Black studies director (who then was a very young adult) – – Dr Manning Marable, who autographed one of his earliest book publication: “From the Grassroots: Essays Toward Afro-American Liberation” signing it: “Toward Freedom, Manning Marable. … Also the author of just before he not so long ago died, the controversial “Malcolm X” biography!
This happened before as a young adult graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley I was present as a member of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, when Rev Dr Martin Luther King preached after being invited there by then Dean of Grace Cathedral James Pike (former Dean of St John the Divine Cathedral across from Columbia University where, so coincidentally, whose sermons I heard as an undergraduate student at Columbia University!) who had marched with him in the historic “Selma March.
It was then after fter moving to Dayton, Ohio that I joined Christ Church Cathdral Episcopal Church, where I had observed the Black Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal priest “link arms with the Black Over the Rhine neighborhood demonstrators” as they protested the Cincinnati police shooting to death of a fleeing young adult Black 18 year old recently married teenager …
Touched off by comments made by one of the membersof this “History and Current Events” website: www.facebook.com/harold.lrter causing me to reminence
… very Precious Memories!