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Kingston Community Leaders: Tyrone Wilson


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What organization(s) are you involved with in Kingston and what is your role?

I’m the Executive Director and founder of Harambee.

Where do you go in Kingston to recharge?

I recharge at the New Progressive Baptist Church.

What is the biggest challenge facing Kingston?

The biggest challenge facing Kingston is to build a community that supports all cultures.

What is the most woke thing Kingston could do?

The most woke thing Kingston could do would be to really address the housing crisis and make affordable living for all.

Where is your favorite place to go in Kingston for a bite or a beer? What do you like about it?

My favorite place is Texas Road House and Ruby Mae’s.

Why does your organization’s work matter?

Harambee is a Mid-Hudson Valley coalition that supports and promotes the strength of our community through cultural and educational events that enriches the lives of youth and adults. Our work matters because we promote and educate the African American culture and we bring people together for the greater good of the community.

What challenges/pain points does your organization face?

Our challenge is to create a stable and respectable community unity for all, with no one left out.

What is one service/offering/event your organization offers that the community might not know about?

We offer family support services.

Why do you love living in Kingston?

I love that there are amazing organizations that work together for a common cause.

If you could change one single thing about the city, what would it be?

I’d like to see demographics of employment in the county and city buildings.

Where do you see Kingston in five years?

In five years, I hope to see a model of a community that works together for the common good of all.

Where do you see the Pine Street African Burial Ground in five years?

I hope to see that the Pine Street African Burial Ground is a well-kept, well-known location in the Ulster County for tourism, with a museum and community education center that people can visit from all over the world.

Tell me why history and in particular black history important?

Black history is the missing pages of American history.

How did you meet Frank Waters?

We met while I was here doing some community work prior to Frank moving here. We talked about some things and what we wanted to do, and we just started planning and working towards what we set out to do.


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