5 Neighborhood Activists You Should Know

Neighborhood-focused activism is a powerful grassroots method for enacting the change you want in your community. The Neighborhood Arts track in our Culture Grants program does precisely that. In this month’s VIEWfinder, photographer Charles Smith points his lens toward five long-running GJAC project partners who continue to make the world a better place for children, teens and the elderly . . .

LANDON STOKES - Georgetown Festival

"As the Georgetown Festival got larger, people wanted more. Each year it’s growing. We love our community. Basically, that’s what it’s all about—the people and the whole neighborhood just getting together."

BARBARA COX - Meadow Ridge Senior Center

"We’ve become a family-like community. Even the seniors’ children would come back and tell me how much they appreciate me taking care of the elderly."

EDDIE BODY - Jim's Grocery/Prosperity Street

"The children come out and have fun, and they look forward to it every year. The whole community comes together, and we make this an annual event. It’s great for the kids.”

LENORA HORNER - Helping Others Help Themselves

"A little girl in my community came to me for help. She wanted to do better in school. That’s what made me want to help the community. Somebody came to me and needed my help. That was my call to do what I do and be a mentor to kids."

CHARLES KING - Smarty Pants Educational Services

"When I conducted a Smarty Pants Healthy Lifestyle presentation at a Head Start center, the psychologist on staff told me he had never seen anyone hold the children’s attention as long as I had. I’ve been doing this work for 28 years. It’s my passion."

Contributor Snapshot

Charles Anthony Smith is an editorial photographer living, loving and learning in the Deep South.