Marvin Dunn, Associate Professor at Florida International University, was recognized with an Orchid Award from the Urban Environment League for strengthening Overtown by spearheading 7 years of activity for Roots in the City. Roots is a non-profit where students and volunteers tend 20 acres of gardens and beautifully manicured green spaces to bring out the best of Overtown.
Community workers are hired to tend the gardens on weekdays and between semesters, giving opportunity and training to folks who have had problems affecting their employability in the past. In addition to the time he has devoted, Dunn was also recognized because he has shouldered a great deal of the cost to develop these gardens from his personal income.
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