Sunday, April 7, 2002

Milford:
Making new friendships



By Lew Moores, lmoores@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MILFORD -- They started out as two different groups meeting in the same city. Now, they're one large group that's met every month since the first Neighbor to Neighbor gatherings in January.

      Late last month they had a pot-luck dinner, and this month they will meet at one of Milford's predominantly African-American churches.

        ''I felt so helpless after those riots. I asked, 'What can I do?' Well, I can at least organize this. It's incredible, the momentum and the interest,'' says Cathy Barney, who organized the first Neighbor to Neighbor meeting here.

        The Milford group is one of dozens that has met again, or plans to do so, after a first conversation. It's one way communities hope to keep the momentum going.

        ''We're talking about the things that concern our community in general,'' Maggie Campbell-Reynolds says. ''We talk about our own feelings about race.''

        This month's meeting will begin at 7 p.m. April 22 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 712 Pike St. Everyone is welcome. They'll be discussing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter From Birmingham Jail, written in Alabama in 1963.

        The group counts about 25 people every meeting. About one-third are African-Americans.

        ''We're still kind of finding our way,'' says Ms. Barney, who has lived in Milford for more than 10 years. ''We haven't planned anything action-wise yet, but we're kicking a bunch of ideas around.''

        Most importantly, she says, is this: ''At the very least we've made some good friendships. There's something to be said for that.''



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THE   POLICE
Violence up, arrests down
Changes since April 2001
Q&A with Streicher
Q&A with Keith Fangman

NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR
Meetings produce results
Beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
In your community
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
Milford
What institutions are doing

RELATED LINKS
Neighbor to Neighbor
Matters of Race
On the Same Page
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Year of unrest
Riot news archive
Unrest photos
Jim Borgman on race