Wednesday, February 18, 2009

South Shore resident in Chicago is greening black communities

For much of her life, Naomi Davis has envisioned African-American communities where residents of all income levels live among each other, shop at local markets and buy goods from local vendors and farmers.

Even when she worked as an attorney and business owner, she promoted her vision by writing plays in which the characters lived in urban villages, recycled waste, treated the environment with care and supported each other. She'd spread her message by talking to groups and friends.

"Most people think to improve their lifestyle they need to move out of the neighborhood," the South Shore resident said. "Or they think you need to move others in. I want people to know they can create an oasis right where they live."

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