This is just a sample of what Black life looked like in the 1940’s. Drag balls in Chicago’s Bronzeville, weddings in NY, performers in NYC, people just going about their lives whether it was working in factories, going out on the town, going to college, making history, becoming stars, war heroes…you name it we were doing it. The history you think you know that erases everything between Reconstruction & the end of Jim Crow laws is a damned lie. Aside from anything else, you are depriving yourself of great things if you don’t know about the Renaissance in Chicago & New York. If you don’t know about HBCU’s and entertainers and vice and the rich tapestry of life that never seems to make it to history books but that are an integral part of our society.  

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