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In Ward 7, men’s morning patrols aimed at giving kids ‘Safe Passage’ to school

Publié par Clifford Armion le 16/09/2011

Chris L. Jenkins

"Curtis Watkins has a simple plan: Make sure that children who live in the troubled communities east of the Anacostia River see welcoming black male faces on their way to school in the mornings.

"Four times a week, at the crack of dawn, he and a small group of men walk the streets of Marshall Heights and Lincoln Heights in Ward 7, greeting students. Their opening line is often: Good morning, young brother! Good morning, young sister!

"Most of these kids don't see positive male role models, brothers who are just out and about looking out for their well-being, Watkins said as he strolled down E Street SE, piping up with his greeting to a trio of girls who were scurrying to J.C. Nalle Elementary School. The girls looked a little confused at first, then murmured a Good morning back."

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"In Ward 7, men’s morning patrols aimed at giving kids ‘Safe Passage’ to school", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2011. Consulté le 26/02/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/in-ward-7-men-s-morning-patrols-aimed-at-giving-kids-safe-passage-to-school