I recently had a chance to emcee the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Kennedy Heights Community Council. It was a nice night at the Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church, filled with a few of my neighbors I had met before and a lot of new faces too. The theme of the evening was "Passing The Torch." It was a night to look back at the long history of the Community Council and look ahead to the leadership tasked with keeping the community a vibrant place to live.
There was a lot of history in the room. At one point when I asked for people who had served as the Community Council President to stand and be recognized, I anticipated a small group to be recognized. I was blown away by the number of people who had taken on that post. As we passed the mic around the room and gave people a chance to introduce themselves, something interesting happened - stories were told.
I heard stories about the roots of the Community Council going back more than 50 years when there were very divisive racial politics at play in the real estate market in Kennedy Heights. I won't do the history of the effort the injustice of trying to explain it in such a brief space. But I will say that I was impressed with how deeply connected the Community Council history is to the idea of racial harmony. It was not a piece of history that I was aware of, and I'm a Cincinnati guy.
I think it is very interesting what can be built, and how long it can endure, when a group of committed people come together for a common purpose. May we all have a chance to be involved in something like it, and may we all have the courage to get involved in the neighborhood we call home.