Compassion, curiosity, and tradition were all observed as I walked from table to table to document the incredible things I saw, heard, and felt. This event signifies more than just an end of year culminating project. It signifies the opportunities that we have to positively reflect on change, growth, and opportunities of African American entrepreneurs in Rock Hill. It signifies a conversation between a child and parent that may not have occurred if not for this project. It signifies a newfound pride that resonates for so many who have struggled with their present because of their past.
Not being from Rock Hill, understanding the culture and finding my place in the community hasn't always been easy. I moved frequently throughout my childhood which left me a little uncertain of my personal traditions, customs, and beliefs. However, last Thursday, as I listened to the children buzz with excitement, their parents beam with pride, and community leaders welcome and swap their stories, I grinned from ear to ear as I felt a passionate pride develop within me for the city of Rock Hill, the people who live here, and the friends that make this place my home.
Mrs. Campbell's Class Narratives (below)
And last, but not least, the TASTE...
At times, the line was 10-15 people long, filled with children who up to this point, had only heard of these legendary hotdogs alongside the people who experienced the unforgettable taste over fifty years ago as children themselves. There was a constant 'yummm' and 'oh wow, this IS good' as people enjoyed the secret recipe of MUTT's mouth-watering chili dogs. Lucky for me, I was able to help Mr. Hinton to his car after this tasty event to purchase my very own container of Mutt's chili.