Jordan School a black history resource

Published 8:09 pm Friday, February 5, 2010

To the editor:

Once again we are entering the period of the year known as “Black History Month.” I would like to take this opportunity once again to recognize the accomplishments and history of The Jordan School and Kindergarten, founded by the Rev. Joseph Fletcher Jordan and Annie B. Willis.

During the Labor Day weekend last year, my family and the Jordan School and Kindergarten alumni had a wonderful and informative weekend that applauded and recognized the impact this institution had and still has on the city, state, nation and world as its graduates go forth to make this world a better place.

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The mark that these pioneers made will not be erased, because their family determined to continue the legacy. That is why the family of Joseph Fletcher Jordan and Annie B. Willis is establishing a scholarship to assist those persons wishing to further their education.

I appeal to all those who wish to continue to celebrate Negro education to visit the Web site to follow what the family is doing, as well as email

Black history should be celebrated every day, and we must continue to educate our children and our children’s children as we attempt to make this a better world. Yes, there is black history there in the city of Suffolk, and my great, great-grandfather Joseph Fletcher Jordan and great aunt Annie B. Willis were trailblazers.

Google their names to see their impact and accomplishments. Drive by the school’s location at 179 Tyne St. and Johnson Avenue and see the building where many of us got our educational start and see true black history there in the city of Suffolk.

Thanks again to Tracey Agnew and the Suffolk News-Herald for all the coverage that they have given.