The Capital City celebrates National Night Out - - Jackson, MS

The Capital City celebrates National Night Out

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Residents of the Capital City left their homes Tuesday night to meet and greet one another and send the message that crime is not an element to be tolerated.

The annual event was held two months later, but there was still lots of excitement and participation.

The City of Jackson moved its National Night Out celebrations from early August to the first Tuesday in October.

The Jackson Medical Mall hosted the get together with the Virden Addition Community Association.

Surrounding associations also joined the festivities.

There were games, entertainment for kids, music, food and a message of unity.

"I get to know my neighbors. When you have an activity collectively like this and you come together, people that I didn't know I get to know them," said Fannie White, president of the Morrison Heights Neighborhood Association.

"We don't want people to be afraid to come over here and visit us . We have a lot to offer  to the community, and this is just one event that we do each and every year. We've been doing this for over 10 years," said Zakiya Summers with the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation.

On Concord Drive in Northeast Jackson, the Ridgewood Park Southeast Neighborhood Association held its first National Night Out celebrations.

"We're out about getting familiar with neighbors. We're telling crime we're not taking it and that we know one another that we'll look out for one another," said Ridgewood Park Southeast organizer Kyioka White.

In South Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and his caravan of administrators and police made a stop at the Carriage Hills Neighborhood Association event.

There are about 50 homes in the subdivision.

 "We are close, close neighbors. We have Neighborhood Watch, and we take care of each other. We're tough on crime. We don't play," said Carriage Hills Neighborhood Association President Earnestine Chatman.

"I came upon a conversation, a woman said 'Well where do you stay?' She said 'Next door'. And I asked the woman where do you stay? 'Down  the street.' Had it not been for that event they wouldn't have gotten to know each other, and that's what this is about. That's what's so beautiful about these events," said Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.

The mayor made 11 stops at events throughout the city.

America's Night Out Against Crime is in its 28th year.

According to officials with the mayor's office, more than 30 neighborhood association events were held around the Capital City.

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