Classical Pianist and Northwestern University Graduate Ms. Hermione Jackson recently celebrated her 99th birthday with gifts from a surprise group of youth who visited to mark her trailblazing efforts of being the first African-American to have majored in Classical Piano Studies at her University. The Group, Mentees from THE DUKES FOUNDATION participate in a “give back” program in expressing their gratitude for the help they have received in improving their lives and future and to mark NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH. They are pleased to be (good) examples that Mentoring works in Atlanta.
The Writer & Composer with a CD of 26 of her best songs, Ms. Jackson startled her guests with numerous selections from her vast repertoire on her baby grand piano. She has been playing for over 94 years. Her son, Richard Williams shared Ms. Jackson’s vast accomplishments which included being the Choral Director of Jackson State University in her native State of Mississippi. She enjoys playing her baby grand piano as seen in this link with youth from THE DUKES FOUNDATION http://youtu.be/
Horace Dukes, the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of The Dukes Foundation said that “it was a privilege to honor a National Treasure, Ms. Jackson.” He noted that “Ms. Jackson’s grace, poise and outstanding talent leave an indelible mark on the minds of the youth I am mentoring for a brighter future.”
THE DUKES FOUNDATION andteam of Volunteers tirelessly work to advance the quality of life in urban communities. The positive impact of The Dukes Foundation’s Mentoring Program includes academic advancement and cultural exposure support. Mentees also perform community service to senior citizens, gifting to children’s hospitals and hosting cancer cure research fundraising drive. National Mentoring Month is celebrated in January.
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