Creative Ways to Connect

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The Jackson Center is working on creative ideas to support our community connections in a time of necessary social distancing.  Here are a few ideas we will be trying out as we are able: *Northside “Happy Hours” – On a … Continued

Celebrating Black Women Teachers

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 by Kathryn Wall, MCJC Oral History Project Manager When the Freedmen’s Bureau and the American Missionary Association opened the first schools for African Americans immediately after the Civil War, they didn’t just bring in white teachers from the North. They … Continued

Lil’ Dip’s Kitchen

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by Joyce Yao Ms. Lane Council is the daughter of Mama Dip, the beloved community figure who opened the iconic Chapel Hill restaurant, Mama Dip’s. She shared with me how her love of food and empowerment as a woman comes … Continued

2020 Summer Fellowship

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The Jackson Center is proud to offer up to three graduate and undergraduate student Summer Fellowship positions (late May-mid August) 2020.  The Jackson Center is a local grassroots non-profit organization located at the gateway of the historic Northside Neighborhood, one … Continued

What is Love?

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UNC Senior Aisha Booze-Hall recently sat down with Ms Gladys Pendergraph Brandon, the Director of Heavenly Groceries Food Ministry at St Joseph CME Church, to talk about the nature of love.    Sometimes the word love is used too loosely. … Continued

Kids Building Community

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The Boys and Girls Club After School Program Encourages Kids in Northside to Build Community Every Day At the end of every school day, a group of kids emerges from the school bus in front of the Craig/Gomains Community Center. … Continued

Through My Child’s Eyes

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by Hudson Vaughan, Interim Executive Director On a Friday evening in late October, I experienced the fullness of Northside.  I was walking down the street with my 4-month old son, Charlie, to the Halloween block party organized by the Jackson … Continued

Food and Fellowship

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by Joyce Yao I had the honor of following Ms. Odessa Wilson through the process of making chicken and dumplings, a staple of her family’s holiday traditions. She shared with me the stories of her Northside upbringing and love for … Continued