2008 Racial Intimidation Graffitit Incident - Community Unity Potluck


A Community Unity Potluck, a follow-up to the racial slur that defaced a north side family's driveway was held Sunday, September 21, from 3 to 6pm in Kollen Park bandshell area, Van Raalte Avenue at Lake Macatawa, Holland.

Representatives of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance and the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony invited everyone to attend "to show support and friendship for the Robinson family, create a welcoming event for all people, and make a commitment to anti-racism in the community."

People brought dishes to share and lawn chairs. Vic's Tiki Hut, selling Hispanic and Puerto Rican food, and the Macatawa Snack Wagon was available.

Marvin Younger, president of the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony, was master of ceremonies; Pastor Jeff Meyer of Crosswinds Community Church gave an invocation.

Holland City Councilman Dave Hoekstra, West Ottawa Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia Koeze, Hope College student Ayannah Abiade, and other community leaders spoke on the theme "What's Our Responsibility?"

The afternoon also featured a steel band, African drumming, Ray Hudson and the Core City Community Gospel Chorus, a harp medley, and the dance groups Turning Pointe, Ballet Folklorico Sol Azteca, and All For One.

The community pledge, "Not Here. Not Now. Not Ever Again", protesting the graffiti and celebrating diversity, signed by nearly 3,000 people and was published in the Holland Sentinel and Grand Haven Tribune earlier that month and a framed copy provided to the Robinson family.