Jack & Jill Of America A Well-To-Do Blacks Organization.
Jack and Jill of America, a social organization for black families, celebrated its 70th anniversary In 2008, ...But the organization is not open to just any family...Now for me I never heard of this organization until reading about it on a blog...For those of you like me who aren’t familiar with Jack & Jill, here’s a brief background: Several upper class mothers from Philadelphia created the organization in 1938 to ensure that their children were exposed to the best social, cultural and educational experiences... Simply put, the mothers wanted their children to meet and interact with other youth from a similar socio-economic background... many of the members of Jack and Jill...were the sons and daughters of doctors, dentists, lawyers, politicians and entrepreneurs...In order to “get in,” you had to be sponsored by an existing family...Since its existing Jack and Jill has been one of those groups that have remained important to the black community...However, the group's past and present members include the most prominent and wealthiest black families in every major city or suburb in the U.S...Why it's not a secret society, Jack and Jill does not seek or embrace publicity... simply, it is an invitation-only membership organization for black families where mothers are the official members, and children are the principal beneficiaries.... There are more than 200 chapters around the country and it is not easy to join. There is no application to fill out you have to be sponsored by a family who already belongs... The only other way to get in is to marry someone who grew up in the organization.”