I’ll be honest, I didn’t know picking up trash off the side of the road would make me feel so good. Being in the community and showing our people that we have taken the initiative to clean up our own on our own brought great joy.
We have been charged by The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to go into our communities and make them a decent place to live. What better way to do this than by going to and cleaning up our streets, parks and home grounds!
On Saturday, July 30th, I was blessed to take part in the efforts of a Community Clean-up along with several other people and organizations. The experience was definitely one that I will remember.
While we were out in the streets, many of the residents started coming out of their houses and asking why we were out picking up trash and did the city send us. We shared with them the words of Minister Farrakhan and how important it is that we put forth an effort to do for ourselves. People were driving by, rolling down their windows just to say ‘thank you’. Needless to say, we received lot of smiles and gratitude for our presence and work.
This further proves that our work is definitely in the streets. The people need to be presented with a different way of living and surviving. They need to know that there are people who look like them that genuinely care about them and their well-being. It was truly an honor to clean up and serve my community and will not be my last time.
(If you’re interested in being apart of the on-going Houston community clean ups spearheaded by Melanated Men of Action, connect with coordinator Benjamin on Facebook below. Attend the Houston Local Organizing Committee Meetings every Thursday at 7pm at SHAPE Community located at 3815 Live Oak.)