Chapter 5: Harlemite

New People:
Old Man Rountree: elderly Pullman porter and friend of Ella’s

Pappy Cousins: Yankee Clipper steward

Ed Small: owner of Small’s Paradise, a popular Harlem nightspot

Charlie Small: Ed’s brother, who interviews Malcolm for a job

In 1942, Malcolm is hired by a railroad company to work as a dishwasher on its Boston to Washington, DC run. Soon, he is promoted and begins selling food on the “Yankee Clipper,” the train that runs between Boston and New York City. On his first trip to New York’s Harlem, he visits several nightclubs and sees such famous black celebrities as Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald. Immediately deciding that...

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