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

Listening to Our Elders

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  At the core of the Jackson Center’s education work is the Community Mentor Team. These Northside and Pine Knolls elders are the best sources for local African-American history and the best communicators of that history to young people, most … Continued

Not Silent, But Unheard

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My grandmother and I have never had a conversation. Not because she isn’t alive⁠—she very much is, and lives nestled in the foothills of Belagavi, Karnataka, India, some 3000 miles away. My grandmother, Parvati Patil, is 79 years old. She … Continued

Celebrating Juneteenth

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by Aisha Booze-hall Juneteenth is celebrated on the 19th of June. It represents the day of delayed liberation of Black people in the United States. It dates back to 1865– two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation– … Continued

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