Was their ever a time when black folks came from actual neighborhoods, before it was collectively called the ‘hood?

Maybe so.

Introducing the Neighborhood A. C. of New York City, perhaps the first organization to represent, well, the ‘hood.

The Neighborhood Athletic Club of New York CityThe Neighborhood Athletic Club of New York City, circa 1912.

Somebody help me out, is that a Westy they have as a mascot?

I appreciate their hardcore A-N-C armbands too, decades before the African National Congress was even a twinkle in someone’s eye.

Are we moving back towards such a seemingly uncomplicated time? Or even farther away? Could we have this feeling back if we just allowed it?

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