Lincoln Heights - "Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will!"
The long black struggle for freedom in the United States moved from the plantation to the cities at the dawning of the 20th century. Back then, in the twenties and thirties, as the black urban population grew, the NAACP, and their legal teams begin plotting their strategy to launch phase one of the civil rights struggles. In places, like metropolitan Cincinnati, blacks wanted civil rights, but they were more concerned about the human rights—housing situated in a safe and secure neighbourhood, situated near employment opportunities; and a place where they controlled the community building and development process.
These black pioneer urbanites moved from chaotic inner city neighbourhoods of Cincinnati into suburban Hamilton Country, where zoning laws and other land use regulations were weak. In this rugged suburban setting, they founded a suburban municipality—Lincoln Heights--engaging in a protracted struggle to build a thriving community in a hostile setting, where they constantly confronted racist government officials and city planners. Their relentless suburban city building efforts continue today.
This series explores their relentless and resilient struggle.