Notes taken at the NASW Conference 2017 during the lecture of Harriet Means, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor of Social Work, Troy University (retired), 19TH CENTURY AFRICAN AMERICAN SOCIAL SETTLEMENT:  IMPLICATIONS FOR TODAY.

  1. There were 4 million slaves in the United States at the end of the Civil War.
  2. Education is nothing if it s not practical and useful.
  3. The foundation of a democracy is an educated populous.
  4. Dr. Means shared a story about two members of her family during the Jim Crow years of the South.  One of these individuals was an adult and the other was a child.  They were riding down the road in a car when the driver stopped along the side of the road to urinate in the nearby woods.  A white Sheriff came by, stopped ,and asked what he was doing.  Upon being told, the white Sheriff responded by saying “you have desecrated those woods” and took his gun out as if to kill the other man.  The man (Dr. Mean’s relative) took the gun away and drove away (later to turn the gun in at the courthouse).  Ms. Means stated her relative (the child present) said “I was never afraid of a white man again”.
  5. Dr. Means shared a story about a member of her family during the Jim Crow years of the South.  This individual was walking down the street with another individual wearing a new coat when they were stopped by a white man.  The white man demanded the surrender of the new coat which was refused.  This incident ultimately ended up with the man being killed for not giving his coat to a white man.  Dr. Mean’s relative gathered about 40 other African American men in the community who then spent several days going around and killing every white man who they could find.  Dr. Means commented “they had just had enough”.  Many people in the audience expressed support and glee for the killings of the white men.


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