In Memory of…

Happy March!

And, Happy Women’s History Month!  My goodness, this February has certainly been a wonderful Black History Month—especially in the City of Chicago.  Wait.  You haven’t heard?!

Chicagoans have voted two Black women as contenders to become the city’s first black woman to be Mayor.  Yes!  By next month this time, Chicago will have its first Black female mayor.  It will be Toni Preckwinkle or Lori Lightfoot.  What a wonderful way to move into the month of March, Women’s History Month.    My mother would love this!

So, as I write this blog, I am also watching “The Green Book…” documentary on the Smithsonian television channel.  Not the Oscar winning movie but “The Green Book:  Guide to Freedom” which is a new documentary that tells the history of the “real” Green Book.   The filmmaker is Yoruba Richen.  The book was a pre-civil rights era U. S. travel guide to “safe” businesses for African-Americans.  The author was a Harlem, New York postal worker named, Victor Green.  It’s noted in the book and documentary that many of the “safe” business owners were not only black but also women!  Keep in mind that this publication was in print from 1936 through 1967.

My mother would be so proud to learn about the documentation of African-American and women owned businesses.  She told us stories about some blacks during those times went into business for themselves because of severe racism and segregation.  And now, “The Green Book” serves as an historic documentation of that fact.   I encourage you to go to the Smithsonian Channel to find out the dates that the film will re-broadcast.  It’s worth the time spent viewing it.

Well, as you know, I did not broadcast the show this past Saturday.  I’ll be back next Saturday, March 9th, 2019.  In the meantime, check in later in the week for the “Karioke Moments“ at https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also like, subscribe, and/or follow me on my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook and YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.

I dedicate this blog to the loving memory of Norrisa Griffin Harris, my mother.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

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