Black Family Day
2016 BLACK FAMILY DAY “CRADLE TO COLLEGE…”
Please join us Sunday May 29, 2016 as we celebrate our annual Black Family Day. This year we will explore our faith as a Jack and Jill Family at Covenant United Church of Christ in South Holland, Illinois. An informal gathering will be held after the service to highlight colleges attended by our chapter members and their chosen professions.
We encourage attendance by all groups as this is a “Youth Sunday” where the youth will lead every part of the service. A donation will be given to Pastor Ozzie Smith, Jr. for the Barbara W. Smith Faith-In Action Scholarship Fund in remembrance of Barbara Smith, a legacy member of the South Suburban Chicago Chapter of Jack and Jill. The scholarship is awarded to two graduating seniors each year who demonstrate a faith that impacts the community.
The event is free and is open to guests. Light refreshments will be served.
- Youth Led Service 11:00am – 12:30pm
- Member Gathering 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Covenant UCC is radically hospitable and welcomes people of all faith and of no faith.
We hope to see you there!
2016 Black Family Day Committee Members:
Vanessa Monroe – Committee Chair
Zahrain St. Jean
The South Suburban Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc
National Black Family Day History
National Black Family Day came about in May of 1987 when The Honorable William Gray III, Congressman from Pennsylvania, spoke with conviction when he entered a tribute to JJOA 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 with special attention to the needs of children in Africa through our partnership with Africare. 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.