Cleopatra Jones was a civil rights leader during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s who worked to make a difference in her community for 50 years….. she was the original crusader for CHANGES. Cleopatra empowered and motivated people in at-risk communities to become educated, she started healthcare and nutritional programs, and she fought for civil rights for all people regardless of race, creed or color. She worked to empower the community. July 11th was proclaimed by the Westchester County Board of Legislators as Cleopatra Jones Day.
To impact the community by implementing CHANGES. This is an acronym which stands for:
To give impoverished communities a sense of purpose and diversity through demonstrations of different beliefs, customs, arts forms, heritage and ancestry.
To promote healthy lifestyles, exercise and good eating habits to maintain balance and harmony.
To introduce residents to all art forms, teach techniques and promote creative expression.
To teach healthy eating habits, conduct nutritional seminars and provide healthy foods to the community.
To promote the quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish to our community.
To provide educational opportunities and work with learning institutions to provide educational programs
To promote green living and recycling within the community.
To be an example of service for community residents to emulate.
To work in the community, provide services and conduct outreach events to bring awareness, support and sustainability to at-risk communities.
CALL TO ACTION
Work to make a difference in your community by helping create a program or volunteering in at-risk areas. You can become the CHANGES you seek in your neighborhood and the world.