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Charmayne Mills Ealy

Jack and Jill

African American news from Pasadena - Women of AchievementCharmayne Mills Ealy is president of the Pasadena chapter of Jack and Jill. She is well aware of the bourgeoisie image of the organization but shakes it off by saying, "Today's Jack and Jill is not your mother's Jack and Jill." She describes the organization as an organization that provides service to children of it's members and other children in the community. The organization was started in 1939 by the Black elite composed of doctors, lawyers and other professional families who wanted to provide the good life for their children. The early Jack and Jill members wanted to make everyday Christmas for their children. But the perception of the organization being "bourgeoisie" is hard to shake.

Ealy makes it plain that today's membership is composed of working mothers dedicated to the children in the community. She works in the Department of Justice for the U.S Trustee. She holds a Bachelors in political Science from UCLA and a Masters in Public Administration from USC. Her interest in justice and how the system works for African Americans lead her to her degree in Political Science. She is proud of the programs and projects she is responsible for as President of Jack and Jill. The programs include feeding residents of Union Station, volunteering and supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs in Pasadena and providing scholarships for students. She is particularly proud of a scholarship created for her friend and past member Julia Scotton who passed last year. She smiles when she quotes an unnamed member of Jack and Jill who was quoted in TIME magazine as saying she joined Jack and Jill so her children could have a Prom date who looked like them.
 

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