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

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.

83 comments
  1. Keletso Thaga
    Keletso Thaga
    December 2, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    All the best. The future is in our hands

    Reply
    • Jo ann Boyd
      Jo ann Boyd
      December 2, 2019 at 10:03 pm

      Great idea

      Reply
    • Isabel Fuh
      Isabel Fuh
      December 3, 2019 at 4:38 am

      You can say that again. #Blackexcellence

      Reply
  2. Kelly
    Kelly
    December 2, 2019 at 2:22 pm

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

    Reply
  3. Mia
    Mia
    December 2, 2019 at 2:36 pm

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

    Reply
  4. Jacqueline Little
    Jacqueline Little
    December 2, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    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🙏🏾

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    • Cumma
      Cumma
      December 2, 2019 at 8:35 pm

      This is a wonderful endeavor that, God’s using her to rise up the mighty race. Because, she’s praying to a creator that looking like us, period!!!

      Reply
  5. ROBERT
    ROBERT
    December 2, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Great story,her determination very inspiring

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    • Ken mack
      Ken mack
      December 6, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      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.

      Reply
  6. DENISHA WILKINS
    DENISHA WILKINS
    December 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Being born and breed in Little Rock, I am glad to hear that someone made the move to give HER community what she wanted! I would never move back there but glad to hear about this community

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    • Robyn
      Robyn
      December 3, 2019 at 12:06 am

      No one gave her anything though. She created the community that she wanted.

      Reply
      • Ladie
        Ladie
        December 3, 2019 at 10:34 am

        The person is praising the woman’s decision to give back to her community. The “someone” she is referring to IS the black woman developer.

        Reply
  7. Chanel Johnson
    Chanel Johnson
    December 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Great read!!! Very brilliant woman

    Reply
  8. Ernestine Morehead
    Ernestine Morehead
    December 2, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    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.

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  9. Arthur Wright
    Arthur Wright
    December 2, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Absolutely Powerful and inspiring!!!!

    Reply
  10. Bernadette
    Bernadette
    December 2, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Your TRULY inspirational.. Thank you keep inspiring others

    Reply
  11. Steve Witherspoon
    Steve Witherspoon
    December 2, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Just beautiful is all i can say love this.

    Reply
  12. Valerie Bowler
    Valerie Bowler
    December 2, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Beautiful, and it’s for beautiful and loving families!!

    Reply
  13. Jr weekes
    Jr weekes
    December 2, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    You buy from black owned company

    Reply
  14. Rhonda Washington
    Rhonda Washington
    December 2, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    This Such a Inspiration

    Reply
  15. Marsha Brown
    Marsha Brown
    December 2, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    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

    Reply
  16. Rosalyn W
    Rosalyn W
    December 2, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    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.

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    • AEG
      AEG
      December 3, 2019 at 4:54 am

      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.

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      • Penny
        Penny
        December 4, 2019 at 11:33 pm

        AMEN!!!!

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    • Nathalie G
      Nathalie G
      December 3, 2019 at 1:23 pm

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

      Reply
  17. Shequela Owens
    Shequela Owens
    December 2, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Blessings are here!! We need more housing everywhere!!

    Reply
  18. Soulshadow55
    Soulshadow55
    December 2, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    I’ve always said dont beg them to include you. Create your own.

    Reply
  19. Vernell
    Vernell
    December 2, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Beautiful praying for the community to be filled with like mind people 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 God bless you ❤️

    Reply
  20. Carol Tyler
    Carol Tyler
    December 2, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    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❤❤❤

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  21. Arif
    Arif
    December 2, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    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

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  22. Charice
    Charice
    December 2, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    BLACG GIRL MAGIC!!!
    #WECANDOALLTHINGSTHROUGHCHRISTWHOSTRENGHTENSUS!!!!

    Reply
  23. Marva Duval
    Marva Duval
    December 2, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    May God continue to bless you for evermore!

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  24. Helen Peoples
    Helen Peoples
    December 2, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    This is Awesome Congratulations Queen

    Reply
  25. Pam Brown Courtney
    Pam Brown Courtney
    December 2, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    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

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    • J Lovett
      J Lovett
      December 3, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      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

      Reply
    • Nathalie G
      Nathalie G
      December 3, 2019 at 1:25 pm

      You’re amazing and a phenomenal woman! I am inspired to keep pushing

      Reply
    • Renee Hayes
      Renee Hayes
      December 4, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Truly inspired. You rock!!! I would LOVE to relocate there. How do I sign up???

      Reply
    • DJ
      DJ
      December 4, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      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!

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    • Patricia White
      Patricia White
      December 4, 2019 at 10:14 pm

      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

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  26. Kathie McCray
    Kathie McCray
    December 2, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful place to live. I think I want to live there. What is the process for moving in?

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  27. Trulans
    Trulans
    December 3, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Beautiful. I am a Real Estate Broker in Virginia and Maryland, please let’s talk.

    Reply
  28. Patricia
    Patricia
    December 3, 2019 at 12:15 am

    May God continue to bless you with the things you are doing.

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    • Erika
      Erika
      December 3, 2019 at 11:44 am

      This is so beautiful!!!! God bless and continue to do great and mighty things with her💕🙏

      Reply
  29. Vivian
    Vivian
    December 3, 2019 at 1:13 am

    An awesome Lady May God continue to bless her.

    Reply
  30. Stephanie Myers
    Stephanie Myers
    December 3, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Al praises to the Most High 🙌🏾

    Reply
  31. Jackie
    Jackie
    December 3, 2019 at 1:45 am

    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.

    Reply
  32. Chantel Carter
    Chantel Carter
    December 3, 2019 at 1:59 am

    Celebrating you Pam Brown Courtney. Blessings! This is so inspiring!

    Reply
  33. Damita Jones
    Damita Jones
    December 3, 2019 at 2:21 am

    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!!!

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  34. Kai
    Kai
    December 3, 2019 at 3:03 am

    You go girl 🤩
    #BlackWomenRock2

    Reply
  35. Fatin
    Fatin
    December 3, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Ive seen those homes and they are beautiful! I don’t live far from there either.

    Reply
  36. Carmen Dyer
    Carmen Dyer
    December 3, 2019 at 4:19 am

    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.

    Reply
  37. Bettye Curry Spears
    Bettye Curry Spears
    December 3, 2019 at 4:28 am

    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.

    Reply
  38. Chris
    Chris
    December 3, 2019 at 5:09 am

    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.

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    • Reneé H
      Reneé H
      December 4, 2019 at 8:54 am

      Really???? I mean just REALLY…smh!

      Reply
  39. Marion
    Marion
    December 3, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Blessings from the Netherlands

    Reply
  40. MYIA POWELL
    MYIA POWELL
    December 3, 2019 at 11:54 am

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

    Reply
  41. Bobbie
    Bobbie
    December 3, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Awesome just beautiful…. trusting in the Lord …. Amen 🙏🏿♥️💯

    Reply
  42. Tony Smith
    Tony Smith
    December 3, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    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

    Reply
  43. Pat
    Pat
    December 3, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    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.

    Reply
  44. Linda J Scott
    Linda J Scott
    December 3, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    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

    Reply
  45. Gwendolyn Wise-Love
    Gwendolyn Wise-Love
    December 3, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    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!

    Reply
  46. Reginald Ber5
    Reginald Ber5
    December 3, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    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.

    Reply
  47. DLynn McGregor
    DLynn McGregor
    December 3, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    I am so impressed. I love to see us strong and creating the lives we deserve to live.

    Reply
  48. Charlette
    Charlette
    December 3, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Glory to God! What an amazing accomplishment! I want to learn from u!

    Reply
  49. Rahaun Fairchild
    Rahaun Fairchild
    December 3, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Black people is tougher than whites and we also is faster too.

    Reply
  50. Leslie Berry, Jr.
    Leslie Berry, Jr.
    December 4, 2019 at 12:35 am

    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.

    Reply
  51. Gui Hil
    Gui Hil
    December 4, 2019 at 1:49 am

    We can do all things through Christ. In Jesus name. Amen

    Reply
  52. Cheryl
    Cheryl
    December 4, 2019 at 2:39 am

    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

    Reply
  53. malehi
    malehi
    December 4, 2019 at 3:54 am

    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.

    Reply
  54. Sheena
    Sheena
    December 4, 2019 at 5:14 am

    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.

    Reply
  55. Doris Smith
    Doris Smith
    December 4, 2019 at 9:04 am

    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!!

    Reply
  56. Lori E Hunter
    Lori E Hunter
    December 4, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    All things are possible from HIS purpose. This is awesome. Won’t HE do it!!!

    Reply
  57. Regina Coda
    Regina Coda
    December 4, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Very Good

    Reply
  58. wilfred bergland
    wilfred bergland
    December 4, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    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.

    Reply
  59. Iris Farrell
    Iris Farrell
    December 5, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    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

    Reply
  60. Kenneth Jackson
    Kenneth Jackson
    December 5, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    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

    Reply
  61. George Tanksley
    George Tanksley
    December 6, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Simply awesome.

    Reply
  62. Veronika Wells
    Veronika Wells
    December 8, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Please send me information

    Reply
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