“Our children won’t have to ride in the Jim Crow car,” Nassau Knapp promised his new bride.
“They won’t have to bring shoe boxes full of cold, greasy chicken on the train or eat behind a screen in the dining car."
"Our children will ride the freedom train. "
“That’s why I signed up to train as a fighter pilot down in Tuskegee."
"My people have been free and settled in Massachusetts since the Revolutionary War."
"I had never been south of the Mason-Dixon line before,"
"and some of the cracker officers we had didn’t want to see Negroes flying airplanes."
"We sure showed them!"
"…every time I flew into battle I thought I would die,"
"but I swore that if I made it back alive I would keep fighting until liberty and justice for all was a reality on the home front as well as abroad."
“I know you’re young, Beulah."
"I should have asked your father’s blessing before I carried you off like this."
"I should have given you the time to plan the big, beautiful wedding every girl dreams of."
"I should have waited for you to finish your education, but you seemed pretty fond of that clown you were dating when I met you and I couldn’t take the chance the he or some other fellow would snap you up."
“I love you so much, Beulah -- I need you so much."
"Thank you for doing me the honor of becoming my wife.”
To be continued...
Here is a sneak preview of meals i'll be making in upcoming tutorials:
Most will feature healthier foods, but sixty years ago people didn't know that the traditonal "country breakfast" was full of artery-clogging cholesterol and carcinogenic nitrites so Nassau ordered an omelet, sausage patties, and a hot biscuit with butter and jam while Beulah ordered a sunny-side up egg, two strips of bacon, and toast with jam. This story has at least two more installments so stay tuned to find out how Beulah and Nassau met and to see the tutorial on making the updo twists wig Beulah is wearing.