NATIONAL RECOGNITION DAYS
Carole Robertson Day is in memory of Carole who was a member of the teen group in the Birmingham, AL Chapter at the time of her death. She was killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963. All Chapters honor her in September with an activity that would highlight the goals of human rights, civil rights, racial harmony that Carole did not live to enjoy. She was 14 years of age at her death and she was at the church preparing to march with other youth that day for civil rights. Her mother was the Regional Director for the Southeastern region. Jack and Jill Day began in 1948 under the direction of Dorothy Wright our first National President, the concept was that this day would be our family round-up time. The Greater Baltimore County Chapter combines Carol Robertson Memorial Day and Jack and Jill Day by hosting a large, annual chapter-wide family day of remembrance and celebration. Each September, Chapters are required to have a family activity in September that brings all of the membership together after the summer break. It is a time to also invite families that are interested in joining the organization.
CAROLE ROBERTSON MEMORIAL DAY / JACK AND JILL DAY
The annual Holiday celebration is the cornerstone of Jack and Jill as it is how the organization originated. Each year, Chapters all over the nation come together to celebrate in both traditional and non-traditional ways.
The Holiday Party, by Chrissy M. Thornton is a children's look at The Holiday Party - a Jack and Jill of America, Inc. traditional celebration - presented by the Greater Baltimore County, MD Chapter. Proceeds benefit the Jack and Jill of America Foundation and Baltimore County community organizations.
Founder’s Day celebrates Jack and Jill’s national founder, Marion Turner Stubbs Thomas. On January 24, 1938, Marion - a concert pianist and mother – invited 20 women friends to a meeting in her Philadelphia home. According to sources, she envisioned a social club that Marion Turner Stubbs Thomas would connect her children with others from local Black families at a time when cultural opportunities were limited for most young African-Americans during the Great Depression and because of Jim Crow laws.
From Marion’s idea and the support of several others such as Louise Truitt Jackson, the first Chapter of Jack and Jill of America was organized. It has since grown into over 220 Chapters in the United States and Germany and has become “one of the country's most prestigious service organizations of Black families.”
National Black Family Day came about in May 1987 when William Gray III, Congressman from Pennsylvania, spoke with conviction when he entered a tribute to Jack and Jill of America, Inc. into the Congressional Record on May 5, 1987 as the organization embarked upon a Black Family Day of Celebration. Activities were to focus on the needs of children worldwide. Over time we have broadened our scope to focus on aspects of family and the cultural heritage of families for African Americans. Activities are planned around the family. The Greater Baltimore County Chapter celebrates each May.
NATIONAL BLACK FAMILY DAY