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Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference

Board of Directors

President: Fylynne Crawford
Vice Presidents:
R Carson
Ismail Turay
George W. Davis
Secretary Emilie Pulver
Treasurer Donna Peace

Other Directors:
Barbara Barreno-Paschall

Marjorie Bryant
Betsey Budney
Jane Ciacci
Stephanie Franklin
Camille Hamilton-Doyle
Nina Helstein
Timika Hoffman-Zoller
Racquel Irvin
Mila Jameson
Rich King
Louise McCurry
Rudy Nimocks
Gary Ossewaarde
Dawn Posey
Eric E. Reaves


In 1949, a group of urban pioneers in Hyde Park-Kenwood, facing a radically changing neighborhood, deteriorating property, and increasing crime, banded together to reverse the tide of physical and social deterioration. To do so, the residents formed the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC). The major focus of the new organization was urban renewal, stabilization, an integrated community, and neighborhood safety.

As part of the strategy, the conference formed 20 block clubs in 1950 to help residents in their relationships with each other, diagnose neighborhood problems and take action, and build a greater sense of community.

Although HPKCC concentrated its earliest efforts on upgrading property and zoning codes, it soon became apparent that the community had other needs. Throughout its life the Conference has organized committees and task forces to deal with timely issues. The continuing goal of the Conference is to meet the needs of an ever-changing community.

Programs of the Conference