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August 11, 2015
Selma Motivates Parker to Carry Lessons Forward
Selma Motivates Parker to Carry Lessons Forward

As I reminisce on my summer, I owe it to Selma that I am now more comfortable and motivated to do community work in my hometown or any other place I may learn to call home. For 10 weeks I was compelled to drift away from my comfort zone and adapt to a new environment and way of life.

By Illyshia Parker
July 28, 2015
Building Bridges Across Divisions Can Help Selma Reach Goal of Unity
Building Bridges Across Divisions Can Help Selma Reach Goal of Unity

Selma is in a process of redefining who she was meant to be. Unity is a universal desire amongst citizen leaders and agencies in the community.  But what will it take to get the people on one accord? Racial tensions have openly plagued the city’s past from the Civil War through the Civil Rights battles later. 

By Illyshia Parker
July 15, 2015
Cultivating New Life in Bogue Chitto
Cultivating New Life in Bogue Chitto

Imagine living in a community that didn’t have its own schools, medical facility, service station, or dining options. Bogue Chitto is one of those communities. The small residential hub in rural Dallas County is about 20 miles west of Selma.  County Road 3 runs straight through the community and out into nearby Orrville.

By Illyshia Parker
July 10, 2015
Basketball Camp Focuses on Fun, Faith, Bridging Divides
Basketball Camp Focuses on Fun, Faith, Bridging Divides

All In Sports Outreach Inc. has a mission to bring Selma together through faith, youth, and a little bit of basketball. The Christian group held a three-day basketball camp for Selma’s youth this past week. Over 85 kids showed up to the first day of camp. 

By Illyshia Parker
July 1, 2015
Invest Time in Getting to Know Others
Invest Time in Getting to Know Others

While every one else was sleeping, working or relaxing the day away, I was among those preparing to go to church on a recent Saturday. I was on a mission to learn something new when I visited Temple Gate Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

By Illyshia Parker

Last Updated: May 31, 2017