local  hero yarn

DeWayne Barton, Hood Huggers, & 
the Pearson Plan

DeWayne Barton is a sculptor and poet who combines his creative practice with community activism.  A native of Asheville, he is a Gulf War Veteran who has been involved in community improvement and youth development for over 20 years. He co-founded the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens and Green Opportunities, a job training program designed to prepare Asheville area youth and adults for “green-collar” careers. 

DeWayne’s most recent expression of community activism, Hood Huggers, can be seen on the streets of Asheville in the form of the Hood Tour which is an interactive tour focusing on Asheville’s little known African-American history, present, and future in the areas of arts, environmentalism, and entrepreneurship.

25% of the purchase price of this skein of Local Hero yarn in DeWayne’s colorway goes to The Pearson Plan, a project of Hood Huggers. Though the Hood Tour reveals many of the current disparities and historical forms of disenfranchisement experienced by Asheville’s African-American community, DeWayne refocuses the narrative on “The Art of Resilience.”  The Pearson Plan, named for African-American leader Edward W. Pearson, Sr., engages the arts,  the environment, youth leadership development, social enterprise, and grassroots community leadership to build a culture of stability that is inclusive and economically just. 
More about DeWayne and the work he does:
Asheville Citizen Times article about DeWayne and Hood Tour
Laurel of Asheville article on “Hood Tours: The Art of Resilience”
Mtn Xpress article: “We’re Not Going Anywhere: How a Community Garden Rallied a Neighborhood”
Bold Life article about DeWayne & GO
Appalachian Voices spotlight on DeWayne Barton

SUPPORT: You can support the work of Hood Huggers and the Pearson Plan via the following methods:
Go on a Hood Tour. Gather friends, family, co-workers, fellow faith group members, etc. to go on a Hood Tour. 
buy a skein of Local Hero yarn in DeWayne’s colorway!
Buy a t-shirt or poetry book via the Hood Huggers site
Write a check to “DeWayne Barton” with “Pearson Plan” in the memo. The project is not an official non-profit so it’s not a tax-deductible donation. Consider it grassroots reparations or a form of paying it forward. Checks can be sent to Purl’s Yarn Emporium, 10 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801.https://www.facebook.com/Burton-Street-Community-Peace-Gardens-78635482114/about/?entry_point=page_nav_about_item&tab=page_infohttp://www.greenopportunities.org/http://www.greenopportunities.org/http://www.hoodhuggers.com/http://www.hoodhuggers.com/hood-tours/http://www.hoodhuggers.com/pearson-plan/http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2016/03/11/hood-tours-revisit-ashevilles-black-landmarks/81473386/http://thelaurelofasheville.com/lifestyle/hood-tours-the-art-of-resilience/https://mountainx.com/multimedia/photos/were-not-going-anywhere-how-a-community-garden-rallied-a-neighborhood/http://www.boldlife.com/for-dewayne-b-love-barton-life-comes-full-circle/http://appvoices.org/2013/12/10/dewayne-barton-building-opportunity-in-west-asheville/http://www.hoodhuggers.com/hood-tours/http://www.hoodhuggers.com/support/shapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2shapeimage_2_link_3shapeimage_2_link_4shapeimage_2_link_5shapeimage_2_link_6shapeimage_2_link_7shapeimage_2_link_8shapeimage_2_link_9shapeimage_2_link_10shapeimage_2_link_11shapeimage_2_link_12
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