Douglass Park neighborhood community advisory board advocates lasting change

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:43 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Douglass Park neighborhood has remained the unbreakable center of Columbia. It has a rich African-American history, rooted in culture and bountiful in assets. This tenacious community has either drawn to it or birthed dedicated activists that have helped shape the political and social landscapes of Columbia. It is neither an accident nor a surprise that these individuals were drawn to live, work or serve in the Douglass Park neighborhood. Without these individuals’ commitment, sacrifice and service to the community, we wouldn’t be in a position to celebrate such a rich heritage. These examples are etched in my thoughts as I serve the community. The lessons of the past, the opportunities of the present and the excitement of the future makes me proud to be a Columbian.