Naomi Davis (BIG) interview
Naomi Davis is the founder of Blacks In Green (BIG), a non-profit organisation that advocates sustainable living in black communities, with a specific interest in 'green village building' within the West Woodlawn neighbourhood (the southmost area of Bronzeville by some definitions).
Davis aims to act in ways that produce 'black health and wealth' within her neighbourhood - whether through street beautification, the addition of community gardens or the building of affordable housing. BIG is pressing the local aldermen to make the neighbourhood more attractive to black would-be business owners.
Referring to the City's past urban renewal attempts in Bronzeville, Davis said:
"We have just about been revitalised to death."
Photo above: the Blacks In Green community garden adjoining the office of Naomi Davis.