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Black Woman Developer Felt Unwelcome In Neighborhood So She Built Her Own Community

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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

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.

Ponder’s Drug Store

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.

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105 COMMENTS

  1. Amazingly Beautiful.. I’m so proud of all that you have done.. are doing…and everything that will come next!!!!
    #proudtobeblack

  2. Thank you for this wonderful article and wishing you a multitude of blessings on all of your endeavors. #blackpower #blackthought #blackhope

  3. What a beautiful thing that you did for your people. May God continue to bless you in all that you do. I wish we had someone with a heart and mindset like yours to do something like that in our community here in Yazoo City, Ms. we’re about 4 hours away from Little Rock, Arkansas. Be Blessed and keep God first🙏🏾

    • Why isn’t anyone mentioning how disgusting these little rock folks must be to continue to show how ugly inside they are. I love what this woman did, but it’s more interesting to me that she had to do it.

      • Little Rock folks and the rest of them beasts are only acting like their father, Satan. They are evil, always have been and always will. Nothing really notable about that.

  4. Mrs Courtney…this is a beautiful thing you have done…may God continue to give you the vision of wealth and creativity…so all of us will learn how to own our own….something we will all be proud of as a people of color…i am so proud to learn about you and your organization…grace and peace unto you and yours….truth to power is for us all.

  5. So proud of Pam. I live on the next block and she keeps the yards beautiful and it’s peaceful over there. The homes are all brick and very nice

  6. It would be nice to get to the root of the matter. We so often try not to make waves or we go around the situation. If we’d stop for a second and get to the foundation of our problems we’d have a better future.

    • Racism/White supremacy is the problem. It impacts Black life, Black health, Black education, Black wealth and Black opportunity. Racism/white supremacy is not a Black problem to solve. This woman solved the problem before her by developing and creating her own. Not begging, wondering or inquiring about why she wasn’t welcomed. She created an environment where all are welcomed and she created a long term stream of income to support her idea of freedom and is willing to teach others how to do the same for themselves. I say she solved a whole lotta problems for herself a targeted community of her choice.

    • Great story! Apprecjate the author capturing this and sharing with the world. Very inspiring and empowering, although very sad such atrocities still exist.

  7. I’d like to join.you are an inspiration I’ll probably never get to meet you but you’re a grest woman in my eyes.Much love❤❤❤

  8. I greatly admire your ambitious endeavor. I’m from Arkansas and returned in 1988 to purchase the train station we departed from with the Colored/White waiting room. I turned the station into a restaurant and named it after my mother who could not go to the station in ’48 when we left except to catch a train.
    Don’t ever give up and don’t ever stop supporting our people. We are worthy of your continued support.
    God Bless

  9. Thank you 🙏🏿 all for saying such kind things about my Covenantcovecommunity.com project. It wasn’t easy but it was doable . God will bless us all if we keep working ! We all are winners in our own right . Your kindness has brought me to tears! Thank you Pambrowncourtney.com

    • So very proud of you taking charge and letting God guide you. I’ve had the same wish for years on how can I build my own neighborhood. Its the very tough details thats got me stomped. Please email me if and when you have time, so I can ask the hard questions. Thank you so much for your drive and initiative. God bless

    • So very proud of you and inspired by you! This is the way to go. I’ve always believed there was no sense in Trying to be included in an environment with people that have a problem with us. We spend over a trillion dollars a year in this country and we’re still being treated like second class citizens despite our contributions to this country. The day we have our own financial institutions, schools and businesses, the better off our people will be. The atrocity in Tulsa shows that theses People don’t won’t us to be successful, they want us to depend on this system of inequality they’ve created so they can continue to control us in some form or fashion.. May your blessings continue and many more communities of inclusion follow! Keep God first and your blessings are boundless!

    • Pam, I heard the whole story at the Designing Women’s Prayer Breakfast! How you helped your sister get a loan from a bank, but they kept on rejecting you! But, you were so persistent and kept going back, until they finally gave in, knowing you were so determined and they provided the money you needed for this project! And, how this past Prayer Breakfast, you gave someone seed money to start their own project! God gave you that determination and, so to Him goes all the glory and honor! I sure wish Covenant Cove was in Jacksonville! So proud and happy for you! I believe one day there will be a Bank or Credit Union with your name on it! Congratulations and Continued prayers for your success! Much love! Always, a Sister in Christ! Patricia White

  10. I would very much like to replicate this same thing here in my state. Is there a way to get in contact to find out how she went about getting this done? I’m not a developer, but I have no problem working on getting a team together and finance it to make something like this happen.

  11. Beautiful beautiful beautiful story and things like this give me hope that the Adrican American race is capable of showing and providing opportunity to all of our brothers and sisters. This shows that yes we can do whatever we put our minds too and it shall be great. Thank you Mrs. Pam!!!

  12. I LOVE IT AND I HOPE I GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WHAT YOU’VE BUILT. SOMETIMES ITS NOT WORTH THE AGGRAVATION OF TRYING TO ASSIMILATE INTO AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS HOSTILE TOWARDS YOU.

  13. Bless you for all of your hard work. Its wonderful to hear about our people doing something to make positive changes for our people.
    I wish the best to you and your company.

  14. Let’s hope that the residents keep it clean with nice yards, crime and drug free.

    Maybe this could be start of restoring nice Black neighborhoods across the nation.

  15. BEAUTIFUL! With god, all things are possible. Thank you Pam, and may God continue to bless you, your community, hopes, dreams, and ideas.

  16. Lesson to be learned here. F#$& intergration, build and own your own. America is still sleep. How else can a person like Trump dupe them

    • This is so inspirational! I was just talking to my son about building a tiny home community. Great motivational article and I am so happy for her success.

  17. Wow! Won’t he do it. Just put your trust in him and watch him work it out. Now you are Black Girl Rock. May God continues to bless you.

  18. Blessings to you, I’m not able to to do what you did but I’d have gladly lived in such a community in my younger days…Thank You

  19. Great story! Anyone ever heard of Farmville, Virginia(Prince EDWARD County) that closed their schools for 6 years to avoid integrating? We were part of Brown vs. Board of Education.
    This was/is a story that’s still hidden by Prince Edward County!

  20. God is the architect of all that happens in our life. I know at times it doesn’t seem this way, just maintain your faith in who he is and his promise……just ask these women this post is about. Ya I’m sure they suffered at some point, but so did Jesus. Nothing is impossible with God.

  21. This is a wonderful accomplishment. A thousand miles starts with the first step. I am Leslie Berry, Jr. I am the published author of the Dappled Grey Stallions. See the book at Target, Amazon, BookBaby; Barnes and Noble.

  22. God bless you this is truly a first in my lifetime I have held egg legitimate 501 c 3 of The Last 4 years no one ever donates a thing everything that I’ve done thus far has been out of my pocket

  23. if you dont know the ‘root of the matter’ then you are part of the problem. hope she keeps it segregated and for US only, no white people allowed.

  24. Big props, beautiful homes, beautiful lawns but the homes are too close together. I don’t want to hear my neighbor flush the toilet or hear their television….need some privacy from neighbors.

  25. Awesome, congratulations to you for your accomplishments! May God continue to bless you and provide you with your needs!! Wish we could do something like that here in my state of Louisiana, or just in my city of New Orleans!!

  26. I believe in empowerment, Booker T Washington and Marcus Garvey, black churches could get together and build hundreds of communities and everything else.
    We could pass the knowledge on to the diaspora and build up Africa. We could build schools, houses, farms etc. I wish her well. God Bless.

  27. I agree, I always wanted to build my own cottage for our people so they can feel comfortable in their own place. A dream that I have had as a child even though I am older now this is still my dream that before I leave this earth I going to help people, I provide jobs for people and I moving toward other cities to help other get jobs.
    God Bless

  28. We have to keep making this happen all over the world . Black people building this world , stop fight us we can all make this a better country. We want the same thing you want peace

  29. I am so proud and excited about this initiative. Well done and God bless. I definitely need to learn more about this incredible work that you are doing.

  30. I have land on St. John U.S. Virgin Islands that we can build on for both vacation rentals and housing. Anyone with financing or contractors please contact Ida Smith 646-626-0959.

  31. I clicked the link and got pics. I am interested in learning more because it relates to my not for profit I’m waiting to get approved. The irony….50+houses, custom but refurbished container homes. For teen parents so we can realize more focused life long learners in GA schools.

  32. It’s amazing , beautifully built an evidence that God is at work…bless you more .

    I am interested to partner with you ,how do I come in
    Thank you.

  33. I love this!!! What an accomplishment! I visited Arkansas for a short time and they just weren’t friendly people IMO. I come from New Orleans and even though we have a few quacks, vast majority will welcome you with open arms.

  34. Absolutely Marvelous! This is the way to go. Time to show people, better than we can tell them. The next step is to ensure that you don’t have another situation like the former …(Black Wall Street). Time to be each other’s keeper. The greatest thing in life is to live in a house next to wonderful neighbors, who look out for each other for our greatest good.

  35. I think that this is wonderful. I have dreamed about doing something like this for years. This is true motivation.
    Thank you 🙏

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