Seat at the Table: A Reflection from Brittney Drakeford
On Saturday, August 12th, 2017, fourteen educators, faith leaders, policy makers, policy makers, community organizers, and entrepreneurs from Prince George’s County convened at the historic Ridgeley Rosenwald School for one of three Seat at the Table Dinners.
Hosted by Brittney Drakeford and Mike Powell, the evening’s discussion covered a myriad of topics, including food justice, economic development, civic engagement, and the infamousP.G. County versus Prince George’s County debate.
Artura Jackson, Assistant of the Prince George’s County Black History Program, provided guests with a tour of the historic African American schoolhouse and reminded visitors of the role it played in the history of the county.
As residents and employees in the county, most participants agreed that the county’s diversity, both in cultural backgrounds of residents and physical land development, is one of its greatest assets. However, it is important that the County leverage this resource by establishing more shared spaces that enables talented individuals to connect and engage and initiatives/opportunities for neighbors to engage more with each other.
The group identified several key next steps that they can collaborate on together including: working with the PGCSIF and the PGCEDC to better distribute resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses owners; conducting a plan on the nightlife economy and ways to strengthen it in the County; and hosting community tours as a method to increase residents awareness of local establishments.
Sponsored by the PGCSIF, A Seat At the Table, served as a county-wide initiative in which residents and stakeholders come together around a table to discuss ways at which we can use our collective genius to generate new ideas that strengthen the communities economically, lead to more equitable solutions and improve the quality of life for Prince George’s County.