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#repost: Black History IDLEWILD, MICHIGAN (1912- ) African American Resort POSTED ON JANUARY 5, 2011 BY CONTRIBUTED BY: RONALD J. STEPHENS “Come to Idlewood” brochure, ca. 1955 Courtesy Ronald Stephens Collection

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Black History IDLEWILD, MICHIGAN (1912- ) African American Resort
“Come to Idlewood” brochure, ca. 1955 Courtesy Ronald Stephens Collection

Idlewild, Michigan, was one of the leading African American resorts in the era of Jim Crow segregation. White land developers marketed Idlewild as an all-Negro resort town in Lake County, Michigan, about 300 miles northwest of Chicago, Illinois and 250 miles north of Detroit, through the Idlewild Resort Company. Although founded in 1912, resort property sales lagged until Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, the leading black surgeon at the time, became the first famous property owner in 1915. Williams retired at Idlewild and died there in 1931. His presence attracted colleagues and associates from Chicago, and eventually prominent black doctors from other Midwestern cities began purchasing property there.

Island Park (an island surrounded by Idlewild Lake), was the center of activity from 1920 to 1945. It featured the Idlewild Clubhouse, the Oakmere Hotel, and the Purple Palace Supper Club. Prominent African Americans, including Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, author Charles Waddell Chesnutt, millionaire businesswoman Madam C.J. Walker, and Chicago attorney Violette Nealey Anderson purchased Idlewild property. Anderson donated her property upon her death to her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta. Yet the resort also attracted leading entertainers who made it the “Summer Apollo of Michigan” since the entertainers in turn drew audiences from Chicago, Detroit, and other Midwest cities who came solely for the popular shows.

By the 1950s and early 1960s, Idlewild reached the height of its popularity. During those years nearly 25,000 vacationers made their way to the community, temporarily overwhelmingly the permanent year-round population. During this era, Idlewild boasted more than 300 black-owned businesses.

The Flamingo and Paradise nightclubs served as economic engines driving tourism during this period. The efforts of Phil Giles and Arthur Braggs made Idlewild the nation’s foremost black resort. Detroit hotel owner Giles managed the Hotel Giles and the Flamingo Club to showcase Idlewild as being “The Resort Capital of America.” Braggs, a Saginaw businessman, lured thousands to his Paradise Club by hosting entertainers such as Della Reese, The Four Tops, Jackie Wilson, Brook Benton, Dinah Washington, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and George Kirby. Idlewild signified black economic empowerment and entertainment glamour. And while the Flamingo Club did not attract famous entertainers who frequented the Paradise Club, it did showcase local and regional musicians, comedians, chorus girls, and singers such as Larry Wrice and the Flamingo All-Star Band, Luther Thompson and the Flamingo Dancers, Black Velvet (an exotic dancer), Lavern Baker, and Detroit’s Queen of the Blues, Alberta Adams. The décor–including pink flamingo motifs on the walls and mirrors–assumed iconic status and symbolized affirmation of urban black identity.

While the clubs attracted black patrons, there were often examples of interracial mingling. As one Idlewild resident recalled, the clubs filled to capacity every night, and on some nights, “there were more white people in there than blacks. It wasn’t about race, it was about fun.”

Idlewild, like other all-black resorts, would not survive the civil rights movement. As formerly whites-only clubs and resorts across the nation integrated in the late 1960s, Idlewild went into decline. Its clubs and hotels closed as blacks began to frequent other resorts. Today, Idlewild is a struggling retirement community with fewer than half a dozen businesses. Despite this decline, Idlewild symbolized the heyday of the combination of race, leisure, and geography to create a briefly prosperous community through niche tourism.

Subjects: African American History, Places

Terms: 20th Century (1900-1999), United States – Michigan, Sororities-Zeta Phi Beta, Government-Local-Resort

The “Generational Wealth” you’re building under Capitalism & White Hegemony is going to be spent on by Diallo Kenyetta @diallokenyatta #diallokenyatta

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The “Generational Wealth” you’re building under Capitalism & White Hegemony is going to be spent on:

1 Heavily armed security to defend them from the starving masses….(until their paid guards decide to turn on them).

2 Perpetual moving fees to escape floods, fires, droughts, & civil unrest brought about by climate change.

3 Medical bills stemming from the spread of exotic diseases unleashed due to global warming & eroding public infrastructure.

5 Hoarding food & other essentials due to climate driven crop failures & food shortages.🍟

6 Air purification devices & breathing apparatuses due to the increasing concentration of air pollutants.☣️

7 Water purification & hoarding due to salt water contamination of fresh water sources & pollutants.

8 Fortified homes within fortified gated communities within a jingoistic nation behind Militarized borders to stop the flow of climate refugees & defend against those who didn’t inherit generational Wealth.

9 Stuffed replicas of all of the extinct animals they’ll never have an opportunity to see IRL.🐻‍❄️

10 Tickets on the space shuttles owned by racist trillionaires to escape the planet when the Ecosystems fully collapse due to Capitalist Hyper-Exploitation & Global Warming. (Even though there’s nowhere for humanity to escape to beyond earth.)

So keep grinding & hustling to leave your offspring Deeds, NFTs, Crypto, Fiat, IP, & Precious Metals while ignoring the toll Capitalist Wealth Accumulation is having on the planet.

I’m sure your descendants will appreciate how hard you worked to leave them everything except a viable planet to live on.

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Lesson: The Legend Grandmixer DXT Breaks Down The Origins of Hip Hop @grandmixerdxt #bronx #information

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