Unity at the ‘One Crown Heights’ Festival

City Council member Laurie Cumbo in front of the new mural in Brower Park in Crown Heights. (Photo via Kings County Politics)

Residents, community activists and politicians gathered in Crown Heights on a recent Sunday for the third annual One Crown Heights Festival showcasing Black and Jewish unity. Twenty-seven years after the race riots which gripped the neighborhood, a mural illustrating cooperation between the two communities was unveiled at the festival, which also featured food, music and other activities. Attendees at the festival commented on the community building that has taken place in recent years, reported Stephen Witt in Kings County Politics.

The march started out from in front of the Jewish Children’s Museum on Kingston Avenue and Eastern Parkway in the heart of the predominant Lubavitch Hasidic Jewish neighborhood to the mural behind the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Brower Park – a predominately American and Caribbean black neighborhood. It concluded with a celebration in the park of the two cultures featuring food, music, activities and tables from various elected officials and social service organizations.

“It’s important to work towards bringing people together as often as we can and as frequently as we can.  I found that since I was a council member we were being brought together all too often in times of tragedy and I wanted us to bring us together in times of community and family gathering,” said [City Councilwoman Laurie] Cumbo.

“I think that building community is a every day process, and every day working towards making something better without ever maybe getting to be ideal, but at least get to a place where your working towards an ideal. So just the act of doing is important and critical,” she added.

Go to Kings County Politics to learn how longtime neighborhood residents, including NY1’s Errol Louis, work to ensure harmony within the community.

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