There’s not much good I can say for 1943. Mim worried about Paulwe all did. The few letters from him in the Pacific frightened her, and it was worse when two weeks went by and there were no letters. She fought anxiety by throwing herself into volunteer work with the Korematsu case and with the Double V campaign.
Have you heard about Double V? The blackswe said “Negroes” then as a sign of respectstarted the Double V campaign to remind Americans that we were fighting for victory against fascism abroad and against racial prejudice at home. You can see why Mim got involved.
“When Paul gets back from the war, I want show him that I’ve fought for democracy and freedom in California,” she told me. “Starting with the Jim Crow conditions in the shipyards.”
By 1943, people had flooded the Bay Area to build battleships for the military. With so many men away fighting, and piles of money pouring in from the government, blacks and women had a chance to make good money for a change. […]Continue reading