All in Jazz
The LaSalle Cafeteria was open 24 hours a day and one could count on meeting noted Jazz musicians there at any time. It was ideally located next to the China Doll Club and the Palladium Ballroom.
“Food, Jazz, and Protest in Jim Crow Washington, D.C,” a podcast from author Fred Opie’s book Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution. In an abstract of the related chapter to the podcast, Opie writes, in the 1940s through the early 1960s, Washington, D.C. had predominantly Jim Crow restaurants and cafeterias that catered to a “whites only” customer base.
In New Orleans home cooks mastered the art of creating economical dishes for weekday meals. Among them red beans and rice which is to New Orleans what baked beans are to Boston and cowpeas to Charleston.
n 1963, SNCC organized a voter registration drive among African-Americans in Leflore County Mississippi in the Mississippi Delta. Slowly a number of African-Americans began heading up at the County Courthouse to register to vote.
Jazz musician Edgar “Dooky” Chase married Leah Chase, a native of Madison, Louisiana. The couple would go on to start Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans.