Learning From America’s Oldest Social Networks, Zuckerberg Visits Communities Around America

While the way people connect is changing, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced in January that he intended to learn about Facebook’s role in building stronger communities.

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On May 1, Zuckerberg posted photos from his visit to Blanchardville, Wisconsin. He wrote, "Today was a bunch of firsts for me: first time feeding a calf, first time trying unpasteurized milk straight from a cow, first time driving a 70-year old tractor.“
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Zuckerberg announced in January he would travel to 30 additional states throughout the year to learn more about building strong communities. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are pictured near road signs in Monroeville, Alabama.
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Zuckerberg is pictured with the Dallas Police Department during his first stop. On January 16, he wrote, "The officers had good ideas for how we can help them connect with their communities to keep people safe, and I'll be taking a lot of them back to our teams."
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This stop was a little more business-related as Zuckerberg stopped at Facebook's new Oculus Research lab in Redmond, Washington, according to a post on February 9.
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Following a stop at the Selma Times Newspaper, Zuckerberg wrote on February 20, "The folks there were working hard over President's Day weekend to keep their communities informed."
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Following Zuckerberg's trip to Alabama, on February 21 he wrote, "We all need to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Communities can form around all kinds of things -- churches, schools, teams -- and it's clear that for a lot of folks in Alabama, college football is an important part of their community.”
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Zuckerberg visited a show in Clarksdale, Mississippi on February 22.
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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are pictured at a BBQ stop in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on February 23.
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On May 1, Zuckerberg posted photos from his visit to Blanchardville, Wisconsin. He wrote, "Today was a bunch of firsts for me: first time feeding a calf, first time trying unpasteurized milk straight from a cow, first time driving a 70-year old tractor.“
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"This community is a symbol of resilience." Zuckerberg wrote after his visit to Mother Emanuel AME Church in March. The church was the site of the Charleston church shooting in 2015, which killed nine people. “In our goal to build stronger communities, we have a lot to learn from Charleston and Mother Emanuel....This is clearly a city that is committed to building a strong community and that has succeeded."
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During a visit to North Carolina, Zuckerberg met with military officials at Fort Bragg, the largest American military base, and spoke with Greek organizations at North Carolina A&T State University about their tradition of building lifelong bonds.
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A group of students from South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts sat down with Mark Zuckerberg during the Facebook CEO recent visit on March 16.
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Zuckerberg is pictured on a tour of the Ford Motor Company Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Michigan.
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Zuckerberg is pictured at a family dinner during a visit to Newton Falls, Ohio, on April 30.
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In Indiana, Zuckerberg met with Pete Buttigieg, one of the country's youngest mayors, and posted photos from his visit to a fire department in South Bend, Indiana on April 30.
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Zuckerberg posted a photo of wife, Priscilla Chan, during a visit to Bangor, Maine on the couple's anniversary on May 20.
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“We discussed the impact of technology and rapid information sharing on military strategy, and how the study of thousands of years of history applies to today's security environment," Zuckerberg wrote on May 23 following his most recent trip to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. The Facebook founder previously visited Fort Bragg, the largest American military base, where he met with military officials in training and military spouses.
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