DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton legend is being honored through community service on Saturday.
The groups I Love West Dayton and Dayton Young Black Professionals are partnering to host the West Dayton Give Back: Ms. Bootsie Neal Initiative.
The organizations passed out 1,000 meals, 500 packed bookbags and 300 self-love kits outside Mount Enon Baptist Church on West Third Street.
“She loved the youth, so one of the things we’re trying to do in her honor is just to give back to Dayton Public Schools students just as she would,” I Love West Dayton CEO Chaz Amos said.
The event is to honor the life and legacy of Dayton’s first Black woman elected to the city commission.
“Even as a city commissioner, she was about community, as a director of the Wright-Dunbar area, she was about community,” Former Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin said.
Erica Neal said her mother would be proud to see her legacy continue in this way.
“She would give to everybody, she never met a stranger, giving back and staying involved in the community and doing what’s right for the people, that’s what she wanted everybody to know,” Neal said.