Last night was the first installment of the Beaver Falls lecture series: The Stories that Shape Us. The first speaker was Mr. Rocky Washington Jr, who was raised in Beaver Falls and attended Beaver Falls schools. He shared an honest and hopeful account of how the education, economy, community, and race relations of this place have shaped him for better and for worse, but primarily for the better. He was able to articulate so many of the unique strengths of this community, as well as the unique challenges we face. One of the strengths of this community that he shared is the opportunity to learn how to live in harmony with a diverse community of people, as the population of Beaver Falls, covers a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, and race. Rocky pointed to the signs of hope around us, including new small businesses popping up in our downtown. He reminded us that no community is perfect, and in Beaver Falls we certainly have our challenges, but this is a good community worth investing in and loving.
Our thanks to Rocky for sharing such an inspiring story with us and making us proud to be part of this wonderful community!
The second installment will be on Wednesday, March 30th at 6 PM in the basement of the library and feature Mr. Rick Davis sharing his Beaver Falls story.