The Black Belt was the name of an historic Black community straddling along the borders of many of the central neighborhoods from east to west. When wards and neighborhoods were officially redrawn, the Black Belt was chopped up to limit the number of municipal politicians of African descent that would be elected.
Most Twilighters of African descent lived in neighborhoods of Twilight City. Many had lived in Capricorn Village, which was especially gentrified thanks to the Twilight Stadium. The Black Belt was the other center of African/Black life. Initially a series of tenements for Black migrant service workers, early middle class members of the community did what they could to build a measure of commerce and economic sustainability. Though ward maps were usually drawn to prevent Black candidates from winning elections, a number of street names were offered as concessions, although some were errantly placed, like James Brown Street in Stormwood. As desegregation allowed white business owners to move in, developers pushed much of the community right out, tightening the belt.
Meanwhile, European-American politicians who controlled part of the area allowed the named of Robert E. Lee Middle School, to the ire of most of the African-American neighbors. Even after a small series of protest activities, including a sit-in at the site, the city went through with the naming.
Primarily situated in the southern-most sections of Boltside and Dove Hills and the northern-most parts of Sulley Junction, there were also small bits in other surrounding neighborhoods. Highlights in Boltside include Blues Street, Jazz Lane and the Sunset Restaurant, Chi Chi's Sporting Goods (run by an Afro-Puerto Rican), and Deferred Street, which had once been visited by Langston Hughes himself. Highlights in Dove Hills include the Slimmy Building, Martin Luther King Boulevard, and Metropolis Bank, known as Black Metropolis Bank in the heyday of the Black Belt. Highlights in Sulley Junction include Soul Food Restaurant and the Broken Bottle Club.