happy valentine's day!!!
This special Valentine's Day message hails from the Pittsburgh Courier newspaper, which covered DC regularly, had a Washington edition and was read by Washingtonians. So I felt justified in including this not exactly DC content.
It is a letter to the editor from James Wilson of Newark, New York. It starts out:
"Take heart, young black boys and girls. The black race has some of the strongest hearts in the world. This is a good thing to remember when hearts will be fluttering all around the world on Valentine's Day which will be coming up in February at about the same time as Negro History week."
Then the letter writer shares stories about Clive Haupt, a heart donor, and two heart specialists, Dr. Charles Drew & Dr. Hale Woodruff. It ends with:
"So take heart young black boys and girls. Specialization in the subject might be a good thing. And on those who have held you down for several centuries, don't take any stuff. But have a heart. Maybe their hearts just ain't right."
Source: "Letters to the Editor," Pittsburgh Courier 3 February 1968, p. 6. Accessed via Newspapers.com, a subscription site.
Do you remember how you celebrated Valentine's Day--at home and at school?
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