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Hoover Rd Community Cook-In

Post Date:02/07/2017 1:00 PM

On Saturday, January 21, 2017 about 60 members from the Hoover Road Apartments complex came out to the community center and as a part of the City of Durham and the Durham County collaborative approach, held a COMMUNITY COOK-IN (like a cook-out but inversely).

While MBK is largely an organization that reviews policies effecting young men of color it is imperative to the work being done that we meet the people in their neighborhood.  Every now and then the group gets to transform into a “think and do tank”.  That Saturday at Hoover Road was no different.

The community came together and played basketball and conversed with members from the County and City, but not in your conventional style.  The time spent was reciprocal for both the residents and the county and city representatives. The residents had the opportunity to talk about what works in their community and what does not, what programs they want to see introduce and what programs are broken.  The real fun came into play when the community came together and danced, danced, danced.  The listening ear that the City and County provided, was just the encouragement that the residents needed to voice their concerns and keep the lines of communication open.  Best of all the individuals working for MBK had a chance to be reminded just why they worked so hard each day.  My Brother’s Keeper Durham provided toys and educational games that everyone enjoyed, especially the youth.  A few teens and young men of color were seen conversing and smiling incessantly while engaging strangers. 

Those children playing basketball and laughing would be the recipients of their works.  It was nice to harken back to why these projects are so important. 

My Brother’s Keeper Durham helped capture memories and events that took place.  The food was catered by Chicken Hut and included a variety of healthy food and great beverages.  The community gave feedback and most importantly, weren’t made to feel inferior, or intimidated.  Events like this do not often happen on a large scale as community gatherings are rare.   Hoover Road Apartments had a great turnout and an enjoyable time was had by all in attendance.

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