Don’t be fooled by the name. The Royal Vagabonds are all about class and service.
Established in 1928, The Royal Vagabonds upped the ante for this year’s 75th annual ‘Valentine Sweetheart Scholarship Dance.’ This year, members celebrated raising more than $38,000 utilized for community support including food pantries and clothing drives for over ten years. Held on the campus of UNF, more than 300 guests wined, dined and danced the night away on the dance floor dressed in their formal attire for the black tie gala. Accenting the event, there was also a raffle, door prizes and a catered dinner to witness the members present the check to their scholastic and community partners. “This is long overdue, we have been on the frontline with events, charitable contributions and a positive outlook to achieve our goals,” said President Seabon Dixon. The annual dance showcased black love, member’s achievements, longevity and success. Each year the club events include their annual golf tournament, sweetheart dance, card games and community volunteerism.
The Royal Vagabond Club was incorporated in 1948, as a social and civic organization by professional men in the community with the desire to have a positive presence in the community for Blacks during the years of Jim Crow and segregation. Over the years the club has sustained declining membership to continue being a positive influence in the Jacksonville community. The Vagabonds vow to continue to make a difference in the community and the lives of people of color.