The Mt. Airy Day festival plays an important role for residents in this Northwest neighborhood. It symbolizes the on-going effort to bridge the largely white West Mt. Airy with its racially integrated counterpart of East Mt. Airy. This is a legacy of the effort that began more than 50 years ago when white residents took a stand against white flight and said this neighborhood can and will survive as a racially integrated community. The effort was described by the Jewish Digest, October, 1966 as “Integration Without Disintegration.” Mt. Airy day is hosted annually by West Mt. Airy Neighbors (WMAN) and East Mt. Airy Neighbors (EMAN).
So, it is a delight to be able to share some memories of the most recent Mt. Airy Day on May 5 captured by videographer Fatos Gjakova and writer Christina Blackburn. The two interviewed many of the local organizations that were featured at the festival. Blackburn will be at Walk a Crooked Mile Books today from noon till 3 p.m. signing her new book “Bella Journalista.”
Here are links to some of their other videos of Mt. Airy Day 2012