Jack and Jill annual celebration of Carole Robertson’s Day

JackJill Suncoast

BY NIKKI BARFIELD

ST. PETERSBURG — The Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill held the annual celebration of Carole Robertson’s Day Sept. 21 at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum.

This event commemorates Carol Robertson and the other children who lost their lives in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., on September 15, 1963.  Each September, Jack and Jill of America honors Robertson with an activity highlighting the goals of human rights, civil rights and, racial harmony that she did not live to enjoy.

Jack and Jill Carole Robertson DayThe event featured a review of the exhibit “Endangered” by Dr.  Dallas Jackson.  A presentation by Jackson provided information on the theme and subtext of the exhibit. The event culminated in the presentation and donation of civil rights themed books to the Childs Park Community Library. Librarian Kathleen Dort was in attendance to receive the donation for the library.

Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is an African-American organization of mothers who nurture future leaders by strengthening children through chapter programming, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving.  The mothers believe every child, with proper guidance and opportunity can be a leader.

The Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill is celebrating its 24th year.  The local Chapter hosts monthly activities for each age group within its membership. Nationally and/or regionally, an annual mother’ convention and teen conference are held to assure the continued development and enrichment of the members.

The Suncoast Chapter is composed of 25 families and 40 children residing in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. The children range in age from 2 to 19 years.

If you would like additional information about Jack and Jill of America, Inc., you may visit the national website at www.jackandjillinc.org or local chapter website at http://www.jackandjillpinellasmanatee.org.

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