Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather
Darnay McPherson likes to stress that, when he was a kid growing up in San Francisco's Fillmore neighborhood in the 1960s, "no one locked their doors and police officers walked the beat." It was even more than that for the generation of Darnay's parents—a vibrant area full of black-owned businesses and some of the best jazz clubs in the country.
In this podcast, Darnay, who has lived his entire life in the Fillmore, talks about being a kid there, the community, the book Harlem of the West, musicians Bobby Webb, Roland Mitchell, Etta James, and Johnny Mathis, and more.
Sidenote: We featured Darnay's daughter, Fernay McPherson, in Episode 14.
We recorded this podcast in Hayes Valley in April 2019.
6/22/2020 05:56:11 pm
I went to high school with Darnay and grew up in Fillmore. I lived around the corner from Christopher Dairy (Mayot of San Francisco) The description was accurate. Especially the N Judah tunnel.Was just thinking about Darnay. Googled him and found this.
6/22/2020 06:24:00 pm
hi. Im Darnay's daughter. You can email me at email@example.com to get my dad contact info
4/25/2023 05:07:45 pm
Lindy Smith Greenwood
4/26/2023 09:46:07 pm
I also went to school with Darnay class of 69. He was also a cool person. I often wondered what ever happen with him. And saw the article.
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