In its heyday, Jack and Jill was a prestigious club for those then considered, almost literally, the cream of black society. Through its emphasis on mainstream social and cultural activities, Jack and Jill indirectly helped black children, many from lighter-skinned families, to fit into white America.
What is Jack and Jill Social Club?
Jack and Jill of America is a leadership organization formed during the Great Depression. It was formed in 1938 by African American mothers with the idea of bringing together children in a social and cultural environment. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Do you bring a gift to a Jack and Jill?
The Jack and Jill can be hosted in place of the bridal shower, the engagement party, or the bachelor/bachelorette festivities. If youre having the Jack and Jill in place of an engagement party, make sure to be clear that gifts are not expected, as the cash/ticket price is their gift.
How do you become a member of Jack and Jill of America?
You must be a mother of a child (or children) between the ages of 2 and 19 to be eligible for membership. Beyond that, there are two ways to become a part of a chapter: as a legacy or by invitation from a member. A legacy is any woman, or the wife of any man, who was a member as a child and left in good standing.