MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – For many this Labor Day holiday, Monday means kicking back, eatinggood food, and being surrounded by friends and family.
At one annual picnic, it’s is all about giving back andcelebrating the community.
The grills were working overtime this Labor Day atBickford Park.
“We’ve got smoke sausage, cheeseburgers, hamburgers,fish. We’ve got crappie,” said Charles Brown with the Old School Association.
It was all for the 11th annual Old SchoolAssociation’s picnic, which celebrates its community in north Memphis. Manymembers are proud graduates of Manassas High School.
“Today is all about us getting together and having agood time like we always do.”
But it’s also rooted in a history of feeding kids inneed in the community.
“They didn’t have food to eat, so they would come upwhile we were BBQing. They say ‘hey, we’re giving all this food to the children,why don’t we start doing this,’” said Brown.
While the adults were cooking, the children werebouncing with energy. For many there, they wanted to show the youth a good timeand a positive influence.
“It’s all about unity, man. Holding Hands. Prayer.Especially prayer. We can change all that violence on the streets. We got tostop all that kind of stuff. So that’s a reason we try and do this kind ofstuff, for the kids. We’ve got to start with our youth,” said grillmaster TimothyFarmer.
“Just look around, it’s a beautiful thing,” saidFarmer. “It’s just something special, and we look forward to feedingeverybody.”