Lufkin residents spreading the Census word in black communities

Jakla Wortham, 5th grader, tells her neighbor about the 2010 Census.
Jakla Wortham, 5th grader, tells her neighbor about the 2010 Census.

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) –  Some African-American residents in Angelina County are urging their neighbors to fill out the 2010 Census.

"We want to make sure we don't get missed this time, okay?" said Valencia Edner-Scott to a neighbor.

Edner-Scott doesn't won't history to repeat itself. So, she and volunteers are going door-to-door educating neighbors about the upcoming Census.

"We weren't counted ten years ago," said volunteer Jakla Wortham to another neighbor.

Neighbors say they appreciate the heads up and wish they had known more about the Census a decade ago. "I don't remember this happening ten years ago in this community," said Lois Hood, resident of a predominantly African-American neighborhood in north Lufkin.

Ten years ago, nearly 75 percent of the black community in Angelina County were not counted. From the streets to the church house, Pastor Edner-Scott and her volunteers are doing everything they can to change that.

During Sunday's church service, more volunteers passed out hand-held Census fans to serve as a little reminder as to how big of a deal the Census is.

"We are committed to the community and we want the community to be committed to the census," said Edner-Scott.

Brandon Elementary fifth grader Jakla Wortham is one of those volunteers. She wants everyone in her community to be counted.

"No body likes to be left out," said Wortham.

She says this year's Census count affects the future of her community. "We need to all be counted and raise money and do what's right," she said.

So kids, like Jakla, will grow up surrounded by the resources they need. "If were not counted those things go unattainable," said Edner-Scott.

Meaning more people with less resources, something this community has dealt with the past ten years.

The Collins Chapel CME in north Lufkin serves as a meeting place for Census education. The church is located at 801 Rowe Avenue near Kurth Drive. For more information, contact Pastor Edner-Scott at (936) 637-2610.

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