Unity in the Community by Delina Hill-Brooker

To me it seems like often times we are reacting to situations that go on in our communities instead of being proactive. We do a lot of talking, complaining, fussing, cussing and what seems to me as down for the cause – temporarily – as long as it doesn’t interfere with our everyday lives.

In order for us to see the change we demand to see we must be consistent. Our ancestors who were slaves did not stop doing what they could to rid our country from slavery. Some fought in the Civil War to ensure their freedom, others revolted against their masters, while some continually risked their lives by helping others gain their freedom in the Underground Railroad. The Civil Rights Movement was not just done by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was a combined effort of a lot of community leaders, citizens of multiple nationalities as well as some political officials. Whatever measures they took, they did not do it alone, nor did they stop and give up easily. They joined forces to get the job done to bring forth change. It didn’t take a few days or months, this took years of nonstop team work by everyone.

Today we are seeing more and more instances of injustice against Blacks and minorities. We complain on social media, take a stand and demand justice, but unlike those before us, we are not sticking with the cause. I said all of that to say this:

Saturday I had the pleasure of being a part of something awesome in the community. We called it, “Unity in the Community.” My church, along with several others in the Douglasville community, the Douglasville Police Department, the City of Douglasville and Youth Against Violence Organization all came together in a collective effort to try to prevent the horrific incidents that we keep seeing on TV from happening in our community.

We had political officials from the city and state levels, along with the police department. They were there not only to listen to the concerns of those that they serve, but also having fun with those they serve. Bridging the gap, showing a genuine interest, building trust on both sides of the coin.

It took months of preparation, but it came together beautifully. Everyone was nice, and respectful. It was more like communion if you will ~ the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level. We had an awesome turn out, I would guess a total of about 150-200 people.
It was an honor to be a part of helping to put it together. I have met and spoke with people that I never thought that I would have a chance to speak with, and I know that my concerns have been heard. Listen, I take this cause personally. I have two Black sons, and until this reason episode in Texas, I have to also be equally concerned about my two Black daughters. I wanted to be involved not just for my children, but for all of our sons, daughters, men and women.
This is the first event of many in the future that we will be doing to help our community. All police are not bad, all political officers are not in the position for the title, all Black people are not criminals.
I urge you all to not wait until what we fear the most happens again. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE. Do something now. It starts with you.

(Here’s a few pix, I didn’t catch a lot of pix because I was too busy working) LOL

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