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Mary Lee Brady, Ph.D.

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It matters very much as to who is viewing or looking for what has to matter in the pursuit of goodness.  Who goes out to see and hear possibilities for goodness?  Who are the sources?  What is seen and heard?

In the case of distressed residents in and around the 100 zip codes of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan area, it was clearly expressed by federal, state, county, and municipal government planners their views were shaped by U.S. Government census data gathered each ten years; with annual estimated changes. 

An analysis of 1996 census data by zip code locations and resident interviews confirms that Black populations are not monolithic in backgrounds or characteristics therein now or ever in the past dating back even before the Civil War.  Common knowledge is that communities of African-Americans always came into existence by virtue of faith among believers, no other sources (brick, mortar and monetary subsidies) such as government low income housing projects.

If the primary function of viewers is to determine if people are living in houses, then all is well with their bodies, but what about souls of Black folks?  Who has jobs, and what do men, women and children aspire to do or have?  Do boys get along with each other in their age groups and locations?  What matters education facilities if mothers and others are not functionally literate.

Who patronizes which churches?  How many boys and girls believe in the gospel about love?  How many know what it is?  Is hope alive?  Does marriage thrive?  Alienation due to drugs, unemployment, mental illness, incarceration?

Zip CodeLocalityBlack PopulationCivic ClubsMessianic Churches
     
15001

Aliquippa

4,500107
 

Ohio River Valley --- farms, steel mills

   
15010

Beaver Falls

2,10153
 

Ohio River Valley farms, steel mills

   
15012

Belle Vernon

46112
 

Mon River Valley -- farms, coal mines  

   
15014 Breckenridge  -- domestic servants5601
15017

Bridgeville

40711
 

Mon River Valley -- farms, coal mines

   
15018

Elizabeth

19411
 

Mon River Valley -- farms, coal mines

   
15021

Burgettstown

Mon River Valley ---farms

 

9200
15022

Charleroi

20211
 

Mon River Valley -- factories, mills

   
15025

Clairton

271964
 

Mon River Valley -- steel mills

   
     
15030    Creighton2000
15033  

Donora

85523
 

Mon River Valley steel mills

   
15042    Freedom15200

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