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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Happy 170th Birthday Westport!

Today’s Brown Bag lunch included a birthday cake for Westport which this year marks its 170th birthday. Westport became a separate entity from Norwalk and Fairfield on April 28, 1835, when Daniel Nash led the charter that was signed in Hartford. Joining First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell (2nd l) for the celebration were (l-r) Mollie Donovan and Joan Miller of the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection, and Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com


Posted 04/27/05 at 04:38 PM  Permalink


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I am always disarmed by the term ‘Brown Bag’Lunch. Do any of you know the legacy of this term? During the civil rights era, young African Americans who were fortunate enough to enroll in college would throw ‘brown bag’ parties. Amongst these people, lighter skin color was a sign of social prominence, and dark skin color a sign of inferiority, low intellect and income. Ironically, these ‘elites’ were racist themselves, and did not want dark skinned blacks in attendance. So, if your skin was darker than the bag, you would be refused. Seems like a harsh connection…....

Posted by James P on April 27, 2005 at 06:52 PM | #

Talk about reading into things too much…

Posted by beth on April 28, 2005 at 12:19 AM | #

Ummm, maybe because the bags are brown and usually contain lunch?

Posted by Eric on April 28, 2005 at 08:54 PM | #