The Friends of Brentwood Library (FOBL) recently held their inaugural Women’s History Month “Afternoon Thank You Tea Party”. The spirited afternoon was a very inspiring and uplifting event for 31women of influence in attendance along with several youth. . The soiree was held at the Brentwood library located on Pearl Street in Northwest Jacksonville. Free and open to the community, attendee’s shared their memoirs and gave tribute to women who greatly impacted their lives. They also wore spring hats to compliment the occasion.
Sharon Coon, Founder/Organizer of FOBL delivered the opening remarks, while featured jazz artist Ray mezzo infused the room with his smooth jazz tunes. “It was a lot of history in the room from the ladies. We talked about our relationship with our mothers and told stories of the historic women of Jacksonville such as Clara White, Sallye B. Mathis, Dr. Mary McLeod-Bethune and others,” said Coon. Another young lady voiced that she was a former ‘Tots and Teens’ member and how the troupe impacted her life. “I was in awe of the stories. The main discussion was how our mothers trained us to be ladies,” shared Katrena Mackey.
The Friends of Brentwood Library is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as an advocate for Brentwood Public Library, an urban core library to support education activities, stimulate community awareness of the library importance, combining resources, ideas, and energies to enhance the library’s environment. Shown left to right Left to Right Sitted: Pearl Graham-West, Veronica Y. Njeri-Imani, Nicci Steward, Ivera M. Anderson. 1st Row Standing: Angela Peterson, Dr. Brenda J. Harris-Green, Annette Hines Dues, Sharon Coon, Helen Griffith. Last Row Standing: Sis. Catherine Cobb, Jocelyn Gaffney, Thelma Frazier, Phenessa Gray (Brentwood Branch Manager) and Jennifer Giltrop (Jacksonville Public Library Deputy Director).