Stir It Up
Far from City Hall
If government can't or won't help, let's all meet in the street
Published: June 22, 2011
Another high point of the day for me was when they handed out prizes to kids who had written a short essay on what they like about Detroit while at the festival.
A young man named Demar, who wrote about working in the garden, racial equality, struggle and success, won an IBM laptop computer.
A boy named Reggie, who wrote about Motown records, the Motor City Museum and rebuilding the city, won a new bicycle.
They both burst with pride as they read their essays and received their prizes.
I'm not one of those who goes around making the children the reason for all community efforts, although that's a great motivation. The bottom line is that what we do is for all of us, young and old.
We're all part of the continuum. But I must admit, when the kids point the way, it sounds so simple. Maybe that's the way it should be.
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