Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is heavily noted in Lawrence Otis Graham’s “Our Kind of People.”

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Guest

Thank you for this insightful article. As Black people, we must approach causes such racial justice, economic empowerment, and equity in education with a multiple strategies and agents of action. No one organization can cover all of this ground. As a fellow Cheyney alum, I am always proud and pleased to hear your take on things affecting our community. God bless!

Guest

As a current Jack & Jill Mother, It would have been nice to look at what we really do now in Jack & Jill. There is a enhanced focused on great programming and servant leadership development for our children.

Guest

good article.. it take all of US.. the "VILLAGE " dark or light, just do what is RIGHT...

Guest

I just shared with one of my fellow Jack and Jill Mother’s who read the article as well. My thoughts are yes it’s an elite organization but it’s also effective. Jack and Jill’s a wonderful organization for our children to be able to take comfort being amongst peers whom are from the same socioeconomic backgrounds as themselves. Especially being that oftentimes many of them are made fun of amongst their black peers who see them as not being black enough...That’s my take. Long Live Jack and Jill!

Guest

“Comfort” is an interesting choice of words here.

Guest

This is a different spin for me, because the first thing that comes to mind when I hear Jack and Jill is the "paper bag test". And then Elite- and a sense of wanting to belong and can't. At a point in history these types of organizations helped to continue dividing and separating Black people. ( At the same time bringing some together) I can appreciate the new spin and what the organization has given and the Evolution. You said it well "get in where you fit in" when it comes to social justice. Thank you.

KT

We are the typical family that lives in the suburbs where my daughter is only one of the two minorities in their class. We did go through that episode why her hair it's so curly or when is your skin going to lighten up like the rest of the kids. My issue with Jack and Jill is the whole process of actually entering the program. Why did he make it so difficult to actually find a program and then be recommended for the program if they are truly trying to help keep black families black.
someone in your local community has to recommend you in order to get into the program and that's where I get a little pissed off.

Let's move on

Jack and Jill serve a purpose and has great results. Mentioning Otis-Graham in relation to Jack And Jill serves little purpose and diminishes the Jack and Jill organization as elitist which it isn't. As a Jack and Jill Father, my kids had a wonderful experience being connected to other children of color across all economic classes. The paper bag test mentioned in this article is of times of yesterday when "blacks" were finding their way. I expect better from Bogle's Tribune.

Guest

What Chapter is Ben Carson in?

Guest

Jack and Jill has served a purpose for some, however; its' history is disturbing.
I see it as a self segregating organization like many of our all black clubs and fraternities. Children should be raised as part of a diverse social-economic global society exploring the history of all cultures. With self love, and confidence in themselves they would not be concerned about their hair or skin color being unlike or different.

Guest

Totally agree!

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