Food Leads Us Forward
Saturday, October 19, 2013: I will remember you. On this afternoon, I witnessed an event that others have called "perfect" and "remarkable" and I call transcendent. I saw for the first time in my life what deep collaboration, big dreams, artistic genius, persistent hard work, and vision can create in my own community. And it all started with food. Specifically, it started, and continues, as part of our community's effort to make good food readily available for children, to make good food choices the easy choices. The Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition began this work with two years of listening—two years!—to what neighbors want and need to eat well and feed their children good food.
We celebrated together the unveiling of a splendid mural by local genius artist Sundiata Rashid, painted on the newly freshened walls of the newly renamed, newly provisioned Lexington Market: East End. Les McCann dropped by...and he was just one of dozens of legends present, without whom this event, and the changes it represents in our part of town, could not have happened.
The best way to view the event is to visit the exquisite photos neighbor Geoff Maddock of Geoff Maddock Photography took as it unfolded. And, if you are in Lexington, go to Third and Race and see the mural for yourself. My small photo shows only its center, but not its heart, which is six portraits of history-making neighbors, and six portraits of neighborhood children. Park, go inside, buy some fresh local produce or a Better Bites snack. Small steps like this by many people will help us keep growing this positive change, which is one important part of the Rebirth of Third Street.