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Traditional Values the Right Method to Fight Crime

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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. Residentsthere are using traditional values to fight crime before it evermoves in.

In Method, one of Wake County's oldest black neighborhoods, that'sexactly what they're doing. Community and church leaders believe in orderto keep their neighborhood safe, they have to be willing to helpthemselves.

"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 andshelter them from some of this activity by not letting it be in ourcommunity," says Oak City Baptist Church Pastor William Newkirk. "Atleast, we won't have the drug pushers in our community."

They say neighborhood get togethers like Method Day give residents a senseof pride. It brings people of all ages, races and faith together. Italso means taking an active role in the community.

"I think it's important because it gives back to the community somethingthat really stands for love," says resident Katie Fitts. "It shows a lot oflove."

The people of Method really want to keep this area residential and keepcommercial development out. So much so that when this property becameavailable, the community bought the land and actually moved this housein here.

"This is the only community left in tact from slavery, from after slaveryand our children need to know this," believes resident Margaret RoseMurray. "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.

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