Dec 9, 2020
Dr. Deeh (Dorothy) Israel is back with us for a fourth installment of her magnificent and intriguing oral history. Carter, my co-host, and I joke that we're going to rename our podcast the "D'Zlord" podcast ... making it much more resonant to the purpose of recording for all posterity Deeh's remarkable life story.
From Harlem and Bed-Sty in the heart of troubled Black times, with extreme prejudice and crippling racism around every corner, Deeh has always focused on Love as her way. You can tell from her voice, that this lady has learned that the uplifting energy of Love replaces any fear or misunderstanding that might fester in a human heart, whether Black, White or anyone's.
Here, Deeh shares with us some of the more well-known Black and White people she's run into, befriended, and had interactions with. The conversation then turns to the current project that Deeh and Carter are involved in together, in our hometown of St. Augustine. Blacks and Whites are working on this project right now.
Little known outside of our small historical town of Saint Augustine, Florida, is a historical site called Fort Mose. In pre-Revolutionary War days, in the mid-1700s, Blacks were invited by the Spanish to come and settle in this specially built-for-them Fort, if they could but make it through the rough tangle of gator-infested swamps, gun-wielding bounty hunters, and marauding, warring factions between Spanish and English troops who were fighting for the right to "own" the New World of America at the time.
The story of Fort Mose is riveting. One that Tyler Perry should be making a major feature movie about.
After this one, you might wish to listen to all three of Deeh's previous podcasts with us, to give an all-inclusive view of a life lived in pursuit of Love and Justice, and service to others: Deeh's long and fruitful life. A truly remarkable women, we are honored to have her as our guest and hope to continue having conversations with Deeh for many more podcasts to come.