Hi there, neighbors.
A lot of good things came out of the 1970s—Star Wars, platform shoes, and vinyl records, to name a few.
But one of my favorites evolved from good old fashioned community activism.
One volunteer paved the way to provide community watch groups “the necessary resources and assets to stay informed, interested, involved, and motivated.”
And in 1984—alongside Purple Rain, Trivial Pursuit, and parachute pants—the National Night Out campaign was born.
According to the NNO website, “Neighborhoods across the nation began to host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more. Today, thirty-eight million neighbors in sixteen thousand communities across the nation take part in National Night Out.”
And like David Bowie, the VW Beetle, and Donkey Kong, getting to know your neighbors will never go out of style. It’s still the best way to create a safer, more caring place to live.
P.S. I’d love to see how you celebrate National Night Out. Please share your photos and stories on CFM’s Facebook page.
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