Education Changes Lives
Throughout history, education has indeed served to change lives. The Ella L. Jordan House, also referred to as “the pink house,” was originally built in the year 1850 for local women of color in the Pensacola, FL community. Education is at the heart of this home’s roots, as it primarily served as a meeting sanctuary where tutoring, mentoring, sewing lessons, and special events took place.
In 1929, Jordan became the first president of the city of Pensacola’s Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs Inc. Through education, Jordan changed the lives of local colored women. Furthermore, she is best known for her remarkable work as an educator, community leader, and political and social activist. Notable visitors to her meeting house include Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary McLeod Bethune.
Restoring the Legacy
Pensacola native, educator, leader and founder of the TeacherReady® Online Certification Program, Dr. Janet Pilcher, is working to restore this local landmark. The goal is for the restored home to serve it’s original purpose in the community—a place of education to change lives. Pilcher became a part of this endeavor as she was deeply moved by the work that was once done by the late women of the house. Moreover, she feels a special calling to the project as she, like Jordan, has devoted her life to education.
Last week, over Dr. Martin Luther King weekend, Pilcher received the “Living the Dream” award for her tremendous efforts in saving the historic home.
Making a Difference
Similarly, each of us has a chance to make a difference in our community. This is no small thing. Similar to Jordan, teachers set out on a daily mission to change the future for each of their students. They are tasked with engaging their students to learn and motivating them to grow.
Finally, how will you use teaching and the gift of education to change the lives of those in your community?
You can join us in saving the Ella Jordan house! For details on donating or upcoming fundraisers, visit www.ellajordanhome.org.
Asti Kelley, TeacherReady®