Eastside Neighborhood Promotes Education and Economic Development

The OaklandCEED, Inc. (Center for Education and Economic Development) weathered the storm for the second annual Neighborhoods Come Alive Tour, an eastside celebration held June 18th at A. Phillip Randolph Park. Though the crowd was a bit dismal due to the rain, families and friends in attendance were treated to activities to engage and educate the community on the rich history of the East Jacksonville neighborhood. The Neighborhoods Come Alive Tour collaborative efforts included the International Longshoremen’s Association, Jax Junior Chamber of Commerce, AARP and others, who brought forth pertinent information for the attendees who stayed until the end for a clean-filled concert from local singing group 95 South. Attendees received brochures and information on healthy living, job training, credit restoration and small business financing. Youth in attendance received free books from Jax Public Library, prizes and school supplies. Local eastside residents took to the stage and motivated the crowd, “we want the young people to know that we come from the same eastside neighborhood, and if we can make it, so can you!” stated OaklandCEED, Inc. CEO Selina Robinson. Information was also available on Juneteenth Independence Day, a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas; Civil Rights activist and Pullman Porter A. Phillip Randolph and other notable African American history events and legends. Shown is OaklandCEED, Inc Selina Robinson surrounded by Eastside youth and residents. Silver Photo


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