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Can an African Pride-Themed Crosswalk Help Reduce Violence? A Durham Activist Thinks So | Atlanta Black Star A local activist is looking to address the violence plaguing a Durham, N.C., community in a new and unique way.

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The McDougald Terrace public housing complex is home to majority-Black residents who have seen their fair share of shootings and murders. Activist Paul Scott said it’s time that changed and has offered a solution: a new crosswalk.

“A lot of times you see on the news about shootings and things of that nature,” Scott told Durham station WNCN. “So we hope that a crosswalk will help give a positive sense of self-worth to the residence.”

This won’t be your ordinary crosswalk, however. Scott said he imagines the crosswalk at Ridgeway Avenue and E. Lawson Street to be repainted red, black and green — the colors of African pride. The symbols also represent Kwanzaa, the week-long celebration honoring African and African-American heritage and culture.


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