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In the spring of 2015 I responded to an opinion article in the Rome News Tribune written by Ken Fuller. After reading several of his articles on racial inequality, my husband and I responded to his request for people to join him in discussion on how Rome and Floyd County may be the same or different from some of the other communities making the national news. This has truly led to a life changing six years for us. What we have learned, the friendships we have made, and the work we have done through meetings, educational events, One Table, and forming a non-profit are what keep me engaged and hopeful. I read a definition of hope the other day by St. Augustine: “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage: anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.” That is where I am and I’m so grateful for all the people who are on this journey with One Community United. Won’t you join us?

Cheryl Jenkins

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