Traditional Values the Right Method to Fight Crime
Posted September 13, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — More and more these days, it seems as if crime is becoming a way of life. In many neighborhoods, drugs and violence are the newest neighbors. Saturday, the Method community celebrated its 127th anniversary. Residents there are using traditional values to fight crime before it ever moves in.
In Method, one of Wake County's oldest black neighborhoods, that's exactly what they're doing. Community and church leaders believe in order to keep their neighborhood safe, they have to be willing to help themselves.
"We want to be role models, provide role models for these young kids, provide outlets for them, activities for them and in a sense, try and shelter them from some of this activity by not letting it be in our community," says Oak City Baptist Church Pastor William Newkirk. "At least, we won't have the drug pushers in our community."
They say neighborhood get togethers like Method Day give residents a sense of pride. It brings people of all ages, races and faith together. It also means taking an active role in the community.
"I think it's important because it gives back to the community something that really stands for love," says resident Katie Fitts. "It shows a lot of love."
The people of Method really want to keep this area residential and keep commercial development out. So much so that when this property became available, the community bought the land and actually moved this house in here.
"This is the only community left in tact from slavery, from after slavery and our children need to know this," believes resident Margaret Rose Murray. "They need to know we did something to establish community life."
The community of Method is planting a seed and taking care of its people, hoping the next generation will appreciate its roots.