Pam Brown Courtney was impressed with a community in her hometown of Little Rock so she went to check it out. The neighborhood was beautiful, nice and quaint but the people most certainly were not. As she went to look at some of the homes, it became obvious that the people were not very friendly towards her and so she decided that she didn’t want to live there. Pam got the bright idea to build her own community, where she would be nice to everyone there and so she did just that. Covenant Cove Community exists as a result.
Covenant Cove Community is a residential and corporate lease community, built from scratch. The neighborhood consists of only 51 beautiful, custom built designer homes, making Covenant Cove an exclusive destination for families. Each home comes with an array of bells and whistles, like 12-foot ceilings, architectural crown molding, hard wood, plush carpet or tile flooring, designer paint, Jacuzzi bathtubs, stand-alone showers, large walk-in closets, security system, professional landscaping and sprinkler systems. The love and care Pam put into her community is evident and the results speak loudly.
The existence of Covenant Cove Community is particularly impressive when its location is considered. Covenant Cove is located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Arkansas was a state so committed to racial segregation that after the Brown vs. Board of Education case was decided, then Governor Orval Faubus opted to close down Little Rock’s public high schools for one year, rather than integrate. Indeed, it was only by intervention of the National Guard that “The Little Rock Nine” integrated Little Rock’s Central High School. One of the Little Rock Nine, Elizabeth Eckford, tried to escape the abuse of a mob one day and ran to Ponder’s Drug Store, located across the street from the high school. They locked the door in her face, turning her away. Today Pam owns the Ponder’s building and is renovating it.
Self determination and ownership is the pathway forward and this Black woman is modeling it. Little Rock has a troubled past and at times, a scary present. Still, Pam Brown Courtney is determined to walk in her power and create a new identity for herself and her city. It matters not who is unwelcoming, when you have your own.