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Community Ephemera: Show and telL


The Westview community means a lot to everyone who is a part of it. To show this, WOHEP has collected community ephemera, or memorabilia, to help tell the story of Westview’s past and present. The photos presented here were given by members of the community, specifically Ms. Pat Perdew and her daughter Michele (interviewed together HERE).

WOHEP needs more photos of people or items important to the Westview community. Let us know if you have photographs you’d like to contribute: EMAIL US



YOUTH PROJECTS

Michelle Perry-Stewart is the leader of the youth organization in Westview and wants to get the youth involved in and committed to their community. The photos below show a community event for the youth from the 2014 S.T.E.A.M. Power Camp, which was part of the John Perdew Legacy Project. These photos are taken from The Marigold,” a collection of materials related to the camp. Michelle wants to see more projects to help uplift the youth and give them the tools they need to thrive in school and in life. 



Ms. Perdew and Michele provided daycare services for Westview mothers, creating a gathering place for these mothers to congregate and seek assistance from one another.


The S.T.E.A.M. Power Camp taught youth the necessary skills for success in life, instilling them with confidence and pride.


A group photo of the S.T.E.A.M. Camp, featuring the banner of the John Perdew Legacy Project. It’s tagline, ‘embracing diversity,’ fits with Westview’s spirit of change and activism.

ACTIVISM AND THE HISTORY OF WESTVIEW

Miss Pat Perdew and her husband John Perdew called Westview home for many years. Civil rights advocates since they were young, their time in Westview was no different. The photos below are of historical newspapers discussing their work. The third photo shows a voter registration meeting held at the Maker’s Space in November 2018, showing that the activist spirit is alive and well in the neighborhood.


Ms. Pat’s late husband, John Perdew, was a civil rights activist. Together with his wife, they fought for civil rights in the state of Georgia. Their legacy carries on into Westview, with Ms. Pat remaining a fervent supporter of diversity and the struggle for equality among African Americans today.

During the 2018 elections, Westview got involved in informing their residents and other neighboring communities about voter suppression and the voting process. Their rallying cry is an example of Westview’s continuing commitment to tackle the difficult conversations on race, politics, and minority disenfranchisement in Atlanta, Georgia, and the country.


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