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Library of Congress/Canadian-Media: Season 3, Episode 4 of the Folklife Today Podcast episode presents Stephen Winick, the writer and editor at the Library of Congress(LoC)’s American Folklife Center since 2005, interviewing Candacy Taylor, whose latest project is documenting sites associated with the Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for African Americans during the Jim Crow era, LoC reports said.
Candacy Taylor with Leah Chase after their 2018 interview at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. Image credit: LoC
The dangers faced by the black people while traveling during an era where racial discrimination was legal and open racism was common is discussed by Taylor. Sites such as Dooky Chase’s restaurant in New Orleans, where owner Leah Chase slapped the hand of President Barack Obama for adding hot sauce to her famous gumbo, and where she fed a young Michael Jackson her signature sweet potato pies were discussed. There was also a discussion about Historic Hampton House, a Jewish-owned hotel in Miami, where a young boxer named Cassius Clay met Malcolm X and changed his name to Muhammad Ali, and where Martin Luther King, Jr. practiced his most famous speech.
This photo, which hangs at the Hampton House, shows Malcolm X taking a photo of Muhammad Ali, at Ali’s victory party after he defeated Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964. Image credit: Library of Congress.
Parts of interviews with Enid Pinkney, who restored the Hampton House; Jerry Markowitz, whose parents owned the Hampton House; Leah Chase of Dooky Chase’s; and Nelson Malden, Dr. King’s barber in Montgomery, Alabama. could also be heard.