Chapter 7. Gimme Shelter—and a Whole Lot More


One of my dearest childhood memories is of sitting on the front porch of my grandma’s house in Virginia. It was the hub for the community. She lived across from Fonticello Park in Richmond, and every night there was a ballgame. The adults would rock on the glider cooling themselves with fans from the local funeral parlor and talk about the events of the day. There was a sense of community as neighbors stopped by to chat. The love that you felt on that front porch was special; it was “home” for me and for all our friends and family. That sense of Southern hospitality and community was very different from the suburbs in California. It has been a huge reason why community building has been ...

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