Beloved Community Project
Molly Lieberman with Loop It Up Savannah, a project of the West Broad Street Y, last fall started a new project called the Beloved Community. Molly, with volunteers from the community and kids from the Y, Boys and Girls Club Savannah, and some public schools, have been meeting with seniors in Savannah to share stories about their Beloved Community. The kids are drawing what they are learning and what they are telling and then with the adults and volunteers translating those drawings and thoughts into quilts. The quilts are going on display and will eventually be on a special display at Telfair.
Yesterday as I was walking through the cafeteria where Molly has a lot of the drawings from the project on display, I came upon this one piece written by two of our grade school kids. This is their spontaneous understanding of their community.
"One upon a time there were African American who had no place to eat or go. So they moved to an open City that had a lot of land and called it Savannah. WW Law and Ralph Mark Gilbert formed the YMCA to help people set better goals and accomplish more things in their life. Today in the present year of 2011, we support Art, we serve dinner, and dance to make a difference in peoples lives."