For the residents and businesses of the East End, especially those along the stretch of Stratford and Connecticut avenues, Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, was an Earth Day celebration they will not soon forget.
More than 70 volunteers from a broad coalition of community-based organizations, along with city and state workers and their equipment, took to the streets in an intensive, two-day cleanup drive organized by the Minority Business Association.
A brief opening ceremony included comments from elected officials, clergy and community leaders from the East End. State Rep. Donald Clemons encouraged the community to “think of every day as Earth Day.”
City Councilman James Holloway, East End Community Council Chairman Ted Meekins and Kenneth Moales Jr., pastor of Prayer Tabernacle, expressed their appreciation to the volunteers for the giving of their time and energy.
Howard Gardner, president of the MBA, commented, “This coming together of a broad coalition of organizations and volunteers should serve as a model of what’s possible. If we can come together to clean our streets, we certainly can come together and fight to improve the education our children are receiving, the safety of our neighborhood and job opportunities for our young adults.”
The Rev. William D. McCullough, pastor of Russell Temple Church, opened the ceremony with a prayer and made his church facilities available for light refreshments at the end of the cleanup.