For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Crystal L. Pruitt, 727-637-8738

PETERSBURG — The Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Incorporated held its annual Jack and Jill Family/Carol Robertson Day Celebration on September 11 at Lake Vista Recreation Center.

The fun-filled day is an annual event which brings together families and honors Carole Robertson, one of the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  Robertson was a member of a Jack and Jill Teen Group and at the church on that tragic day preparing for a youth service program.

Each September, Jack and Jill of America Inc. honors Robertson with an activity highlighting the goals of human rights, civil rights and, racial harmony that she did not live to enjoy.

During the event, youth and parents released white angel wing balloons into the air to commemorate the special occasion. Other event highlights included a memorial walk around Lake Vista Park and teen members reading excerpts from Robertson’s biography.

Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is an African-American organization of mothers who nurture future leaders by strengthening children through chapter programming, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving.  The mothers believe every child, with proper guidance and opportunity can be a leader.

About Suncoast Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
The Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America is composed of 35 dedicated mothers and 86 children between the ages of 2-18 years old.  The Chapter is uniquely positioned and committed to making a difference in the lives of families residing in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

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