We’ve all seen two runners matching stride for stride in the park or on a greenway. They run with a paired choreography. But what if one in the pair doesn’t have the confidence and freedom needed to run alone? That’s where my new friends at Para≈Guide enter our story. “Sight by side” is more than a tag line for them, it’s the perfect description of what this group does everyday.
I was caught by images of a white dog, then a veteran, some homeless people, refugees and immigrants, and even a polar bear. I heard their cry for help, I could see it in their expressions. It wasn’t until the end of the commercial that I realized I’d been watching an ad for an insurance company. I don’t know if I’ll buy their insurance but I want to follow their advice …
I met Mark Ethridge in the Grier Heights Community Center. We were part of a multi-racial book club discussing Rev. William Barber’s book, The Third Reconstruction. I was curious to learn how he gained his interracial knowledge at such a young age. He then told me about The Urbanites and the work they are doing at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center.