In the 1950’s, South Dallas’s BonTon neighborhood was the site of turmoil and perseverance. Earlier in the decade, ten area homes were bombed as the civil rights movement was beginning to gain momentum. By the mid-50’s the area would become one of the nation’s most hopping R&B spots. At its zenith, the legendary Ray Charles moved to a small house on Eugene Street where his living room became the impromptu gathering spot for community jam sessions with major players like David “Fathead” Newman, Leroy Cooper, and James Clay.
Jason Roberts will lead another historic group ride through the neighborhood spotlighting sites of the 1951 bombings, the homes of Ray Charles and Fathead Newman, and the historic Woodman club. The ride will continue across the Cedar Crest bridge where Team Better Block will hold a “Better Bridge” demonstration, with half the bridge being set aside for pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. The ride will culminate at the Blues, Bandits, and BBQ event in Lake Cliff Park where live music, BBQ, and activities will take place throughout the park.
The ride will start in Main Street Garden Park in Downtown Dallas at 10AM on Saturday, October 22nd. The rides are leisurely paced, and family friendly. We’ll return to Main Street Garden Park at 1PM.