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Residents Describe Importance of Black History Month

The patrons of Full Circle barber shop in Frederick, Md. reflect on their experiences in the city.
FREDERICK, Md.-- Small business owner Charles Goines is cutting hair in his Frederick, Maryland barbershop, Full Circle.

The parlor is almost four years old but once you step inside, you see generations of family enjoying each other's company.

"We just believed in God first and then we believed in our dream and we made it come true," said Goines.

It wasn't always like that. Charles' uncle, Michael Goines, reflected on the changes he's seen in Frederick over the last several decades.

"It's like living in two different worlds. Three or four different worlds," said Michael Goines.

Although there has been progress, one thing Michael says he'd like to see more of are black businesses.

"He's one of the few black businessmen in Frederick, and I'm very proud of him. He's been here for going on four years, and I'm here every day to show my support," said Michael Goines.

Some residents in the shop agreed that although more is possible, its also important to look at the community's progress.

"People here have come a long way. Like this barbershop for instance, its family oriented. Only people come here that are doing the right thing," said Charles Atkins.
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