Teenagers Kerry Barrowclough, her sister Lexi, and Hunter Dest, know about the impact of Brother David Boone over more than six decades.
The three attend St. Mary Catholic Church in Rock Hill with their families. They have seen the hungry who ate because of Brother David. The broke who did not die cold and homeless because of him. And Boone’s fights for equality, regardless of race.
But knowing about Boone, the civil rights icon and advocate for the poor who is in failing health at age 84, is not enough for these teens. They decided to make a video of people explaining what Boone meant, and they hope to soon present it to him. Then they want to share it with the world online.
“We want to share what Brother David has done for people,” said Kerry Barrowclough, 17, who graduated last month as salutatorian at Fort Mill High. “We want people to share their stories of inspiration. We want to honor him.”
Boone is ill with cancer, and bedridden. He has declined further cancer treatment.
In an exclusive video and story June 2 with The Herald, Boone talked of how he is proud of his life’s work, but said he wished he could have done more.
Boone’s tireless work for the poor and the needy and his push for equality inspired the girls' efforts, after an announcement at church Sunday that Boone is ill.
They are on a mission to find people who have seen what Boone has done, or who have benefited from Boone’s work.
The girls have video experience from Fort Mill High School. They went to work Tuesday, interviewing people at the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, founded by Boone and others three decades ago.
They said interviews will be done at the former downtown Rock Hill lunch counter where Boone helped organize sit-ins by black students in the 1960s against segregation, and in other places.
The girls printed up flyers and stuck them on telephone poles along Crawford Road, where the soup kitchen and church are located. Anyone who wants to be a part of the video can email the teens at BrotherDavidProject@gmail.com. The video is to be released in a couple weeks.
“We want to show how much Brother David means to the whole community,” Dest said.
Lexi Barrowclough, 15, said Brother David affected her life, but many others have had lives enriched by Boone too. The parents of the girls encouraged them to push forward with the video.
“The girls came up with the idea, and we are proud they would do something to honor Brother David and his record of service that has changed Rock Hill and this area forever,” said B.J. Barrowclough, father of Kerry and Lexi.
The video is planned to be around 40 minutes. The girls plan 10 minutes of clips shot around Rock Hill, at places Brother David has done charitable works, and then 30 minutes of appreciation interviews.
“Brother David has changed this city, and changed the world,” Kerry Barrowclough said. “He is a role model. An inspiration. And he always put others before himself. That’s who he is and what we want to share.”
Want to be a part of the video?
Email the three teens who are making a video about the life of Brother David Boone at BrotherDavidProject@gmail.com.