Rev. Sacramento’s First Black Candidate, Rev. The President of the School Board pointed out to those assembled that similar objections were raised when Rev. Despite Rev. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Even with such a remarkable life, in 1907 Mr. Fletcher met someone even more remarkable; Anna Madah Hyers, star of the operatic stage. Use this link to shop on Better World Books and support the work of, Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), From the Civil War to Civil Rights: Black Sacramento in the late 19th and Early 20th Century, Midtown Sacramento: Creative Soul of the City, http://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Research/Digital-Library/Record?libID=o279493, http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article88818807.html, Member of the Week: Bridget Flannery-McCoy, Didionesque Sacramento: Race, Urban Renewal and Loss in Joan Didion’s “Run River” | The Metropole. “But the greatest crime was the theft of a neighborhood’s legacy and the murder of a community.”. Instead of a single pastor, Commissioner Ed Carraghar was visited by a delegation of twenty-four men and women, representing many of Sacramento’s African American congregations and community groups. First produced as a play at the Clunie Theatre in November 1908, Sacramento’s African American congregations discussed raising formal objections or attempting to have the play cancelled. When the school was relocated, the multiracial students of the West End also moved to Fremont School. In the following year, he won the first racial discrimination suit in Sacramento history, winning an award of $50 after being refused service at the W.L. The first part of the series spanned the Gold Rush to the Civil War, discussing how, even before the end of slavery, Sacramento’s Black communities organized statewide conventions to advocate for civil rights. Sanderson first requested public support for a school for Black children, and those objections had long since died out. “Having white privilege means you have a seat that you didn’t earn,” said Burg. This small community had little economic power or opportunity, and survived by making social and economic connections across racial lines, with white Sacramentans and the other ethnic and racial groups of the West End, and by forming organizations for mutual support. I am not catering to the church vote to the exclusion of others. “Rev. I was at San Juan Hill with Colonel Roosevelt and when those Spanish bullets were zipping round we were all Americans. [5], The Beginning of Black Journalism in Sacramento, By 1900, due to the same economic and social forces that diverted migration to southern California and the Bay Area and away from Sacramento, the growth of Sacramento’s Black population also slowed. There was a “flowering of culture, of music and activism” that mainstream Sacramento history neglects. ( Log Out /  But almost universally, Burg said, the unique struggles and successes of Sacramento’s Black communities remained unknown. “If it is a patriotic as it is a sacred principle that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins, we may exclaim with Kipling: Randall, like McPherson, did not remain in Sacramento for very long, but the Forum, Enterprise and Western Review gave this small community a means of communication and platform for their leaders’ views. The 49ers have plans to get better over the final six games of the season while they have a slim shot at a playoff spot. This “missing” neighborhood is the subject of Burg’s most recent book, Wicked Sacramento. [8] “Colored People Will Not Protest,” Sacramento Union November 12, 1908, Page 9. 2—Colored.” One of the earliest teachers at this school, Sarah Mildred Jones, became the first African American principal of an integrated elementary school when she was appointed principal of Fremont Primary School, located at 24th and N Street, in 1894. Sacramento Black History. He did not allow this setback to limit his political ambitions, running for City Council under the city’s new charter in 1921, or to slow his efforts at creating civic institutions. In the following year, Rev. But as he takes on these projects, he recognizes his position as a white historian, and his responsibility toward the people he writes about. J. Gordon McPherson of Shiloh Baptist Church, moved to San Jose.