We see cause for celebration everywhere — in the wisdom of our elders, in the abundance of Northside community, in our century of struggle to claim, protect, and enjoy local rights, in the generosity of neighbors, and the stalwart dedication of local leaders. Celebration cannot be reserved for accomplishments. At the Jackson Center, it’s a way of being that is fundamental to and expressive of all of our work at every level. Hands, fellowship, laughter, dialogue, fun; these are touchstones of the beloved community to which we aspire. Yes, we host such major events such as our Northside Festival (formerly known as May Day); a celebration of past, present, and future with over 400 of our closest neighbors creating community on the front lawn of St. Joseph’s CME, dating back to the May Day celebrations of Orange County Training School, the historically black segregated school of Chapel Hill during Jim Crow. We also simply take up the community mandate to wave when you pass. For us too, Northside community includes local residents but extends to the furthest reaches of all who seek temporary solace and comfort here. The MCJC is a hub of connection of renewal across ties that cannot be broken.

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