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The History of Jack & Jill/San Francisco 

 
 

”It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was San Francisco, the city that has promised so much and delivered so little to people of color. The year was 1950 and the migration of African Americans to California was beginning in earnest. It was seldom spoken of, but San Francisco was a city geographically, educationally, and culturally segregated. Five families who had ventured to the beautiful port found it necessary to create worthy social, cultural, and educational experiences to which they could expose their children. Five mothers with similar concerns and aspirations met at the home of Mrs. Charlotte Poole in the summer of 1950. We discussed and shared our thoughts on children’s growth and group activities. We then began our communication with Jack and Jill national offices seeking acceptance of our group as a viable, functioning Jack and Jill chapter. "

- From the memoirs of founding chapter member Vivian Hambrick

The five founding members were: Mrs. Clyde Bonner (Nellie), Mrs. Noah Griffin (Theresa), Mrs. Edward Hambrick (Vivian), Mrs. Andrew Howard (Dr. Ruth) and Mrs. Cecil Poole (Charlotte).

The five founding members were: Mrs. Clyde Bonner (Nellie), Mrs. Noah Griffin (Theresa), Mrs. Edward Hambrick (Vivian), Mrs. Andrew Howard (Dr. Ruth) and Mrs. Cecil Poole (Charlotte).

 
 
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Our seven children were in the two to five age group. These seven children were: Carolyn Bonner, Noah Griffin, Gilbert Griffin, Diane Hambrick, Edward Hambrick, Gail Poole, and Mary Francis Howard.

 

Our seven children were in the two to five age group. These seven children were: Carolyn Bonner, Noah Griffin, Gilbert Griffin, Diane Hambrick, Edward Hambrick, Gail Poole, and Mary Francis Howard. The five founding members were: Mrs. Clyde Bonner (Nellie), Mrs. Noah Griffin (Theresa), Mrs. Edward Hambrick (Vivian), Mrs. Andrew Howard (Dr. Ruth) and Mrs. Cecil Poole (Charlotte).  One of the requirements for acceptance by national was the presence of a National Officer to conduct installation of officers and confer the Jack and Jill charter. We were informed as to the number of families any interest group must have before they would be considered for membership. 

 
 

The San Francisco Chapter, launched by this small but determined group of mothers, was honored to host the Jack and Jill National Convention in the summer of 1957, a mere five years after chartering. 

 
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