Community

Building a black community during the Jim Crow era was difficult, but it was crucial for the progression of black people in America. Political leaders and community organizers  had different views on how black people should build their communities. Some southern blacks were urged to stay engaged in the fight for their political and civil rights rather than withdraw into what some saw as political and economic isolation. For many African Americans, these all-black communities gave them opportunities to build up lives for their families and own property. They were free from the violence and daily threats brought by White communities of the Jim Crow South. The NAACP and their various branches through the United States help bring together people in communities.

“It was all black down there and we shared whatever we had. We could feel that within us. We knew we couldn’t go into places where white people were going. Like when you um, When you go to a café, you couldn’t go in the front door, me. You go in what they call a back door, eat in the kitchen. But what also got me about that, if you ate in the kitchen, you ever seen them big ol’ tables they had back there were they had to cut meat and stuff on, I don’t know if you have seen them, but they had them back then in the kitchen to cut meat and vegetables. Well you can go back there and eat but at the front the same price that the white people were paying you had to pay it back there in the kitchen. That me all feel all bad. Why can’t you cut my price if you’re gonna feed me in the kitchen like I’m a dog or something. But they’ll charge you the same price.”

– Rev. Lloyd Austin

This was a clear example of segregation as Blacks had to eat in the back kitchen and had to pay the same price for the same food. The main two were between Fort Worth community coming together as a whole and how the individuals and institutions effected the community around them.

Furthermore, communities during Jim crow era were built on trust and a common goal blacks had. They were determined to end segregation and did not want any part of it in their communities, they usually banned together to help on another out because they were all effected by segregation and feeling unwanted in their own societies.

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