Cheryl Groce-Wright — 2016 Fascinating Person #5

She’s become an expert on Greater Fulton, runs their Neighborhood Resource Center, has helped the community continue the long process of picking itself up and dusting itself off. It’s a fascinating part of town, and she is a fascinating advocate for it.

Photo by Will Fisher.

Meet each of the Fascinating People we’ve invited to speak for eight minutes on whatever they want. It goes down on Wednesday, February 24th. Learn more here or just go ahead and snag some tickets.

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Dear Cheryl,

You’re getting a lot of firsts lately. The first Pat Asch Fellowship from YWCA Richmond was yours last year (and you certainly used it to learn a whole lot). And now you’re one of our very first Fascinating People!

Not that you needed us to tell our readers how fascinating you are–they’ll just hear you speak and learn for themselves. We learned a ton about Fulton from our very first conversation with you, and your pride in the community and humility in refusing to take credit for any of its slow climb up the side of the pit that the City pushed it into…it’s truly inspiring.

Here are some things we understood more after talking to you: How decades of neglect can dampen but not entirely drown a community’s resolve, how you need to be really strategic about efforts to get a bunch of people on the same page, and how really small things can make a real difference to kids and their parents.

Also, Cheryl, are you really a human being? None of us are quite convinced.


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