Segregation: The Happy Times?

(Photo: Courtesy Helen Savoy Mays/

The nation is not that far past the horrors of the pre-civil rights movement era.  There has been lynchings and ridiculous racist behavior in the midst of a time that is supposed to be so progressive that the U.S. elected its first black president.  But even he has not been safe from the racial discord still found in America.

But, according to a BET report, one Baltimore teacher, Caldwell McMillan, has managed to find the good times that many African Americans experienced during the time of Jim Crow laws.  While blacks were coming in the back door of most establishments or not allowed at all, they still found happiness in enclaves throughout the U.S. 

McMillan debuted footage at a local Baltimore library that he purchased that transported elders in the audience to the moments of happiness on a beach near the state’s capitol, Annapolis, Maryland, called Carr’s beach where black folks could enjoy the water and family.  While they watched, it was evident that both the happiness and sadness of the time was still quite near to their hearts.

But in discovering this rare footage, he showed that while there was extreme turmoil, we have always been resourceful in spirit and action.

Read the full story here.

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