Unity Day tries to bring community together

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 8/6/17

Daily Mountain Eagle

YERKWOOD — Unity Day was held Saturday in the Yerkwood community in Quinton to bring residents together in light of recent tragedies.

Shante Tabb said she is originally from the Yerkwood community and worked with …

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Unity Day tries to bring community together

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Daily Mountain Eagle

YERKWOOD — Unity Day was held Saturday in the Yerkwood community in Quinton to bring residents together in light of recent tragedies.

Shante Tabb said she is originally from the Yerkwood community and worked with others to organize Unity Day, which was held at St. Joseph Church in Yerkwood.

“People look down on us and say that’s a place where murder is committed, where drugs are sold, where everything bad is happening, and that’s just not true. That happens in every community. It will happen in every community,” Tabb said.

In early June, Anthony Foster, 36, died after being shot in Quinton. Toward the end of June, an attempted murder took place in the area, and in late July, college student Jalayah Hackman, 20, died of a gunshot wound in Quinton. A cross in her memory is just down the road from St. Joseph Church.

Tabb said Unity Day served to target the area’s youth. Adults were at the church on Saturday to mentor children and teach them that violence is not the answer, Tabb said. They were also encouraging the kids to always seek success and to follow their dreams.

She said recent tragedies in the area do not define their community or represent the citizens who live there.

“Most of the events that take place there are outsiders that come into our community,” she said. “Bad things happen, and it reflects on where the event took place.”

Children enjoyed face painting, a water slide and other games on Saturday, while sounds of live music filled the air. Snacks were also served and a community kickball game was held. Tabb said the day began with a prayer walk through the Yerkwood community to pray for its residents.

“So many people have so many bad things to say about our area, and we are not bad people. We produce great people from our community,” Tabb said. “We just wanted to come together as a community and uplift each other.”

Tabb, LaTonia Nash-Hill, Tiffany Parrish, Crystal Nash, Daphnea Doaty and many others helped organize Unity Day.