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The New Me:The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013 4:29 PM

The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur

Poetry Classics

Did you hear about the rose that grew

from a crack in the concrete?

Proving nature's law is wrong it

learned to walk with out having feet.

Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams,

it learned to breathe fresh air.

Long live the rose that grew from concrete

when no one else ever cared.


Prevail Institute for Flourishing Communities is dedicated to using research to develop underprivileged communities. To accomplish our mission,

For the past 6 months TNM MediaCorp has partnered with the

"Prevail Institute for Flourishing Communities'.

The institute has championed the cause to build th Priscilla Baltimore Community Center, in Brooklyn, IL. which is just across the river from the City of Saint Louis, MO. Brooklyn, IL was founded in the early 19th Century, by Mother Priscilla Baltimore, a free woman of Color,from Saint Louis who had purchased her freedom and operated a ferry along the Mississippi river between Saint Louis, and IL. Mother Baltimore,also was one of the Conductors on the Underground Railroad, often assisting runaway slaves from the State of Missouri.

To many residents of the Bi-State Area, Brooklyn's History is dark, as they know the area more for it's hardships than for it's contributions to the rich tapestry of African American History.

Just across the McKinley Bridge from the City of Saint Louis, and on the border of Madison and Saint Claire Counties in Illinois. the Village of Brooklyn, formerly known as Lovejoy,( the town changed it's name) IL is the oldest continually inhabited incorporated African American Municipality in the USA.

Founded by a AME Missionary who had upon gaining her own freedom, did not hesitate in her work and Mission to risk her own life and freedom in helping others to achieve the God given freedom that we too often take for granted.

When you read the mission statement of the Prevail Institute for Flourishing communities, and you know the history of the woman they are honoring in the work of making this community center become a reality, you begin to understand their logo which is a Rose, growing through the Cracks in the concrete.

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