Volunteers give back during Magic City Classic weekend; promoting sustainability

Actress Tatyana Ali, best known for her role as Ashley Banks on "Fresh Prince of Bel Air," was in Birmingham giving back to the community in the Toyota Green Initiative. (


A group of volunteers{}Friday{}spent an early-portion of their Magic City Classic weekend lending a helping hand at the Jerry D. Coleman Community Center in Fairfield.The men and women replaced lights in the center with energy efficient bulbs and built a community garden. They even planted herbs. The goal is to not only give back, but to teach African Americans about sustainability with the belief that natural resources can be extended if people use them responsibly. {}"I think we are out here to show that this community needs it. They need it because we want to know about sustainability. {}We want to live a sustainable lifestyle," said Stephen Graddick IV.{}"When you take care of the earth, you are also taking care of yourself. So, however you want to look at it, what happens on this planet effects us," said Tatyana Ali, an actor who starred in the hit show "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."{}The volunteers are with the Toyota Green Initiative and they travel from place-to-place teaching the black community lessons on how to limit their environmental footprint, as well as ways to improve the quality of their lives. The volunteers also plan to tour Historically Black Colleges and Universities."Just one tiny, little change can have a worldwide effect," said Ali.{}