Salisbury celebrates National Night Out
On Tuesday, the city of Salisbury celebrated National Night Out, a police and community event, that takes place across the country.
47 ABC spoke to local community organizations about the significance of the event to this area.
Amber Green, the Executive Director of Fenix Youth Project, a Salisbury based organization dedicated to community involvement, says, “I think this is just a kick off. National Night Out came right around the corner. And I think our community, the chief, our mayor, everyone, this will certainly bring our community together.”
Green and James Yamakawa, from SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Delmarva, says this event is important to foster relationships between police and the community.
“If we are going to live together all in Salisbury and the surrounding areas we need to actually know each other. We need to get along with each other,” says Yamakawa.
Leaders from Agape Empowerment, a local organization that empowers youth and women agree.
Sheri Thompson, the Director of Women Services at Agape says, “Not every police officer is bad. Not every person that is outraged is bad. There needs to be a balance between the two.”
Sheri Thompson and LaTonya Wilson believe in order or bridge this gap there needs to be unity within the community. The two have working on this by mentoring, organizing community friendly events. Their latest one is a back to school clothes drive.
On Tuesday, the two were folding and stacking piles of clothes, but they admit none of this would be possible without the community’s support.
LaTonya Wilson the Youth Director of Agape Empowerment says,”We purchase everything that we can find and take every donation available. And so many others in our community have been very helpful.”
Which is why they believe more community involvement needs to happen and events like National Night out aim to do just that.
“We are two local ladies but it truly takes, as they say back in the day, it takes a whole village. And if we all get into that mindset that we can really turn this community around,” says Thompson.