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LAKEPORT – In Lake County we like to support our schools, our youth, our community.
That support is not limited to but includes events like Sober Grad Night, Every 15 Minutes and Challenge Days. These types of events teach our youth that they have choices and they have the power to make the right choice.
We also have programs such as AVID that help youth choose the educational future they want, for many this means college. But what if that wasn’t true? What if they didn’t have the power to choose? What if our community would not, or could not, provide the support they need?
What if our community was like Baltimore? In Baltimore African-American boys in particular are not told to choose between drinking and driving, or between bullying and friendship, they are told that for them it comes down to what they want to be wearing by the age of 18; prison orange, a suit in a coffin, or a high school cap and gown.
It seems an easy choice but in a community where 61 percent of Baltimore’s African-American boys will not graduate from high school and 50 percent will go on to jail, the cap and gown of high school appears a pipe dream kind of choice.
The movie “The Boys of Baraka” reveals the human face of these true-right-here-in-America statistics.
Far from leaving us despondent, however, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's award-winning documentary walks us through an extraordinary school where four boys from Baltimore will be offered a life line through the Baraka School in Kenya ("baraka" means "blessing" in Kiswahili, the native spoken language of eastern Africa). What the boys do with this “blessing” will amaze and inspire you.
“The Boys of Baraka” will be showing on the large movie screen at United Christian Parish (UCP) on Friday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m.
There is no charge to attend the movie but a non-perishable can or cash donation to our community food bank would be appreciated.
The Food Pantry is particularly in need of pasta, pasta sauce, pancake batter and syrup, canned fruit and jelly. The Food Pantry provides one week of food to individuals and families in need and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
UCP is located at 745 North Brush Street in Lakeport. You may call 707-263-4788 if you need more information.