NEW YORK (WABC) – In this edition of Here and Now, we talk to a few changemakers who continue the work of a secret society that dates back to the days of the Underground Railroad.
The United Order of Tents, the oldest black women’s fraternity in the country, dates back to 1847.
It was created to help enslaved people use the subway.
One of the oldest chapters of this secret society is based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and is still dedicated to its mission of serving the community.
Along with Sandra Bookman in the studio, she is president of Unted Order of Tents Eastern District No. 3 Essie Gregory and Vice President Erica Buddington.
Also on the show is Christian Cooper, the bird watcher who recorded a disturbing confrontation with a white woman in New York’s Central Park in 2020, now hosting a New series on National Geographic: “Extraordinary Bird Watcher with Christian Cooper.”
Cooper joins Bookman to talk about the journey and excitement for the new series.
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