You Gotta Meet San Francisco’s Last Black Man

Hey, PushBlack! Today, we’re highlighting the human cost of displacement and how we can fight back against it....

Hey, PushBlack family! Today, we’re wishing James Meredith an early happy birthday! Meredith, who turns 82 tomorrow, was the first black student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi. With Meredith’s contribution to the desegregation of our country on our mind, we’re thinking about how segregation and the unclear legacy of desegregation affect gentrification today. US cities remain highly segregated, and many of the brown and black folks who live in them are continuously displaced by gentrification and development. Comedian Michael Che hilariously tackles the issue in this three-minute video. Today, we’re highlighting the human cost of displacement and how we can fight back against it.

This Week in History

“What I did at Ole Miss had nothing to do with going to classes. My objective was to destroy the system of white supremacy.“

- James Meredith

Meet the last black man in San Francisco.

Increased wealth and unfair housing laws have led to the drastic displacement of blacks and latinos in the Bay Area. This profile of San Francisco native, Jimmie Fails, puts a human face to this displacement. Read this story about “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and a get a unique glimpse into San Francisco's remaining black community. Also, watch this six-minute video of a youth describing what it was like to be kicked out of his home neighborhood: San Francisco’s Mission District. What’s happening in the Bay really resonates with us because all too often, people of color have been forcibly removed from their homes (e.g., our sisters and brothers who were removed from their homes in the Dominican Republic, who were sold during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and who died on the Trail of Tears).


From vacant lots to urban gardens: a story on listening to neighbors (and not strangers in suits).

This video highlights how the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) successfully organized people from across the African diaspora to revitalize their community and stop big developers from replacing their historic neighborhood with hotels, big box department stores, and high-rise condos. People used a community land trust to keep the neighborhood under their own control. DSNI’s powerful story shows us that it’s possible to improve a neighborhood while making sure all its residents are respected and its culture preserved.


Song of the Day

We people who are darker than blue

Are we gonna stand around this town

And let what others say come true?

We're just good for nothing they all figure

- Curtis Mayfield
We the People who are Darker than Blue


Forward this email to your friends! Get 5 of them to sign up.