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FRAYSER, Tenn. (FOX13) -

For seven years Tennessee State Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D-Memphis) has tried to bring peace and hope to Frayser.

This weekend's Block Party for Peace is a reminder of the good and need for the community of Frayser to prosper, but it's the same area with high crime, unemployment and 42 percent of the community who fall below the poverty level.

Regardless of stats, the Frayser community is striving to be better.

Often the curtain of despair and poverty is so daunting. It's difficult to see possibilities or the desire to fight for better.

"I see despair, I see struggle, and a lot of times I see just failure," said Stephanie Love, Frayser Neighborhod Council Vice-Chair.

Love said crime in Frayser always makes the headlines, but it's what's unheard and unseen that is the heart of this community.

"I want change, I want my kids to see something better," she said. "I want my kids to be able to live here, grow up here, and to be positive role models in the future."

Love will join thousands who are expected to attend Oct. 18-20's Block Party for Peace at the Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 Watkins.

Rep. Parkinson said this weekend's block party is not only about what is good in this community, but the sheer number of people who truly believe in Frayser's future,

"I guarantee you, if you knock on these doors, you talk to these people, just as we talk to these people you'll find out and you'll see that everybody wants what's best for their community," he said.

Rep. Parkinson said his community like any other is filled with homeowners, taxpayers, businesses and families who believe with continued support, and believe revitalization is around the corner.

"Why not Frayser? Why not Raleigh? Why can't my community be a thriving community just like other people's communities are?," he said. "If I lay down and take my hands off of it then who's going to step up and make sure that we meet those things that we need?"

For most this area is home, Rep, Parkinson added. Even with the bad, he says it's time for neighbors to lift the curtain and hope for a better tomorrow and that includes the people of Frayser.

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