Do you remember that displacement, that disruption? What was it like? What did it feel like?
I remember it distinctly. Well one, there was no gathering place. The Sir John Hotel, for example, the Carver Hotel, the Mary Elizabeth Hotel, those hotels were to Black folk what the Fountain Bleu and the Eden Roc were to people on the beach. Because that's where you saw the great entertainers, that's where you'd gather on a Friday afternoon if you wanted to be with the boys or any afternoon. You would see middle-class people there along with all other people socializing, making the business deals, having dinner at night, seeing a good show. It is no more.