James Weldon Johnson ASALH Branch Celebrates its 20th Anniversary – The local branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History celebrated its 20th Anniversary on Saturday, December 19. Several of the original founders were present and shared key insights on the founding of the organization as a driving force to highlight the rich history of Jacksonvilles’ African American Community. It was chartered in June of 1995 and became a part of the National ASALH organization under the recommendation of Mr. Isaiah J. Williams, III. The Jacksonville Urban League has been the community partner hosting the organization and Dr. Richard Danford is also one of its founders. Pictured are Founders Mrs. Camilla Thompson, Mrs. Bettye Sessions, Mrs. Marsha Dean Phelts and Mrs. Lydia Wooden who shared their insights on the historical development and accomplishments which led to the sustainment of the organization and leadership of several presidents. Many of the founders have passed or moved from the Jacksonville area. The James Weldon Branch, however, continues to be self-sustaining as an organization and is well positioned to impact the next 100 years.
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