Tell me something good
Lost in the frenzy of protests, blocked streets and die-ins at Christmas tree lighting ceremonies (seriously, y’all?) were a couple of very positive stories about community events in Greensboro.
A few weeks back, the Warnersville Exhibit opened at the Greensboro Historical Museum. The exhibit opening was packed on a rainy Sunday with people of a variety of cultural backgrounds, but the crowd, of course, was overwhelmingly African American. Dr. Alonzo Stevens, a Warnersville native and poet who now lives in Columbia, South Carolina, made the trip and YES! Weekly ran a photo of him interacting with the touch screen kiosk at the center of the exhibit.
It was a touching moment, as the elderly Stevens, whose poetry reflects the heartache and struggle the community endured following displacement via an urban renewal program, manipulated the modern technology of GIS mapping and touch screen technology to revisit the streets, and businesses and churches that once stood so proudly in his youth.
Most of those at the exhibit said the strength needed to move on to what was then possible is what helped them move on with their lives, to become successful, to find love and kinship.
It’s that same spirit that’s embodied in the Hayes-Taylor YMCA, which has stood for 75 years along Market Street at the edge of NC A&T State University. Landlocked and desperate to grow, the supporters of the Hayes-Taylor YMCA are less than a month away from celebrating the grand opening of a new facility on Florida Street. The modern, expansive facility is located next to Barber Park, yielding greenspace galore and an opportunity for community programs never before possible at the old facility.
When a community comes together to achieve good and fruitful things, justice is not too far behind. !
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