Blaze belongs with a guy named Terrence Walker, who can also be seen on the Capital Trail, where Blaze walks him on a regular basis.
Terrence is an activist who has walked his neighborhood for over 20 years. That came in handy when he and others decided to bring back National Night Out to their neighborhood.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.
Terrence got other neighborhoods involved by inviting them while he was out walking. The community came together on the block for food, safety demonstrations, and other activities to bring neighbors, and police together in a positive way.
Terrence Walker has a Master of Divinity Degree from Howard University, where community social outreach is important. It’s always been important to Terrence. He was concerned about Wellness, particularly of Black men; diet/lifestyle/health/cancer/hypertension.
How to reach these men? In the barber shop! Terrence and his wife made up brochures and fliers to place in barber shops around the community. One had a picture of a basketball player with a shirt saying, “Shoot for 9”, that would be 9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day.
They placed bowls of grapes and other fruits and veggies in each shop. They didn’t have much luck with that though. No one was getting up or reaching over to get the food. They ended up putting the food in individual baggies for the barbers to pass out and that was a great success!
When Terrence announced that he was running for Virginia’s legislative/house district 81, the response he got was:
It’s about time!
You’ve been running for 20 years!
Terrence Walker is exactly the kind of candidate for Daily Kos to get behind, he’s our kind of guy. Please donate if you can, even if $2. The $1 and $2 donations that come from all over the country are actually the most valuable.
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