Reclaiming the Community

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, December 17, 2009

This afternoon in West Baltimore at Union Baptist Church from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. individuals and institutional leaders from the West Baltimore Community of Upton will gather together under the theme, "Reclaiming our Community by Reaching for the Heights of the Promise."


This service signals a change in the relationship structure of the community. A necessary change if this community is to be a serious contender for a "Promise Neighborhood" grant that the Obama Administration intends to provide 20 communities across America who seek to create Harlem Children Zone type models within their community. What is significant about today's service is that from a grassroots level the leaders have decided to change the way they have been doing business and break down the silos that have previously existed. You may listen to Dr. Hathaway and others who where interviewed by Ms. Donna Owens of WYPR Radio 88.1 discussing the Harlem Children's Zone concept and its potential within Upton.

Over 30 institutions and organizations will be represented at this historic gathering of leaders and community that will signal a swift in how business will forever be done in West Baltimore's Upton Community. All are committed to changing the climate and cultural of the community for the better. All are committed to improving the quality of life for each of its residents. All are committed to improving the outcomes for all of its children.

If you are in the neighborhood come by Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Avenue, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. The movement begins for "Community Rights because Place Matters". Where a person lives is important to the fabric of our society.

If we are going to change the conditions of the communities of America, we have to be the change. From the movie Notorious, it was proclaimed that "if we are going to change the world, we will first have to change ourselves."

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