In This issue: February, 2019
Feb 01, 2019 11:42AM
● By Kevin
Community activism. It’s a buzzword that gets circulated, but what does it really mean? To me, just because you’re the loudest one in the room doesn’t make you an activist. Activists gets down in the trenches. They get their hands dirty. They practice what they preach. They don’t just complain about the way things are, they actually do something about it. Those are the people and programs we want to celebrate this month.
For instance, did you know that one of the greatest activists of all time, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once came through Concord? Did you also know that a woman who is still an active member of our community met him? Ms. Vernie King sat down with Cabarrus Magazine to give some insight into that time in her life.
Concord’s Housing Department has programs to help individuals and families learn and earn their way out of subsidized housing. Executive director of the department, Angela Jones Graham, describes her mission to Cabarrus Magazine, as well as discusses how the programs are helping many county residents.
Finally, a program launched by cfa church and now spearheaded by Cooperative Christian Ministries is bringing the area together one weekend a year to accomplish projects and inspire community spirit. I Love My City is a campaign that encourages residents to find a project that needs to be completed and just do it!
Every one of us can look out our window and see a need: an elderly neighbor with a fence needing painting, a co-worker needing direction in improving their living situation, someone being mistreated based on race or gender. Each one of these needs can be tackled if we just open our eyes and commit to being an activist. Remember, you don’t have to be the loudest. You just need to commit to making a difference for at least one person. What do you say?
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