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    Andrew C White

    About 1971 my husband and I were attending the 57th Street Chicago Friends Meeting (Quakers). We had news that the Black P Stone Rangers had bombed a black Mennonite church not far away over the deviding line.

    We heard that Jesse Jackson was going to preach, so a group of us decided to go and show our suppory for our sister peace church.

    The service was held outdoors because the church sanctuary had been damaged. There was a huge crowd and ours were among the only white faces there.

    Incongruously (for a peace church) there were men with guns on the lookout  on the buildings overlooking the crowd. It was a little too real.

    BTW Jesse Jackson was gorgeous in those days, very tall and handsome. His sermon was a rousing one.

    I still remember that he wore a bright red turtleneck with his black robes. Wow!

    One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -- Plato

    by Jane Lew on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:43:46 PM PST

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    •  I don't know if we've discussed this before (1+ / 0-)
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      or not but my grandparents, Garfield and Jeanette Cox, were founding members of the 57th Street Meeting and grandpa was clerk of the meeting for many years. He retired and they left for California about 1960. I've been in the meeting house only a couple times that I remember but my clearest memory of it was from that time frame. My grandmother died in 1975 and there was a memorial service for her in the meeting house.

      Yes, the Blackstone Rangers became the Black P Stone Nation and have gone through a few name changes since then. They are still around as are their rivals the Disciples.

      You walkled into a very dangerous situation going to the Mennonite Church. This was Rev. Burrell's in Woodlawn, yes?

      "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

      by Andrew C White on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:31:12 PM PST

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        I am familiar with Cox being a weighty Quaker name.

        We were only in Chicago one year when my husband was doing his internship 1970/71 at Northwestern.

        I actually don't think it was that dangerous. You have to understand I have been in some remarkable places having done social work in the South Bronx during the 1960s. I remember interviewing a murderer in his home. He came on to me and I had to exit. Another time I had to go get a kid in a narcotics shooting gallery. There were some really bad people in charge of that place. They let the kid go with me. I was fearless in those days.

        Yes, that is the church.

        People at the Mennonite Church were very welcoming to us. I got the feeling we would have been protected by those who were there had anyone threatened us.

        I forgot to say that the men on the rooftops were not police; they were just civilian men with long guns.

        One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -- Plato

        by Jane Lew on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 11:54:31 PM PST

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