President's Message of JAC

 




Dr. Carlton Fisher

 

What a blessing it is to come together to celebrate our seventh (7th) year of working and enjoying one another. Truly, God has been good to all of us. We owe all the glory and praise to Him. 

Thank you all for working so selflessly and so untiringly to make all of our endeavors successful and thank God for allowing us to reach our goals. 

May God continue to keep all of you so that we may continually work to build a better community.

“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove or the sort of  house I live in, but, the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” 


Mission Statement

"Our mission is to leave our communities and ultimately the world, better than we found them, by gathering pertinent information and disbursing it; taking corrective measures to right generational wrongs; thereby, ensuring equal opportunities for those who want to get an education and become productive citizens."

PURPOSE: "The purpose of the organization shall be to keep alive the rich heritage of six original Black Miami-Dade County Senior High Schools:  Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Dorsey, Mays, Northwestern and North Dade.  To promote unity and camaraderie among the graduated, prior to 1970 of these schools.  We also encourage active participation in the coalition and all community affairs."

 

History

The Miami-Dade Joint Coalition became a reality in December 2002.  The first unofficial meeting took place at the Bahamian Connection Restaurant, on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m.

Present at this meeting were the following individuals; Alfonso (AL) Brown, Clinton Brown, Dr. Carlton Fisher, Thomas (Nick) Marshall, Gerry Parks and Baljean Smith.  The discussion at this meeting was to form an organization that would include all of Miami's Historical Black High Schools.  This was accomplished.

January 2003, the first official meeting, was held at the Culmer Community Center in Overtown Miami.  Dr. Carlton Fisher was elected president.  The group decided to seed the treasure by making individual loans, to be returned, when the organization was completely formed.  A total of $1,100.00 was put into the treasury at this meeting by Charter Members listed above.  This seed money also made it possible for the organization to become a corporation.

Membership grew, and at the next meeting it was decided that we should have an 'Oldie Goldie Valentine Dance'.  This was done with great success.   Membership was growing from: Carver High, Dorsey High, Mays High, North Dade, Northwestern High and Booker T. Washington.