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'Preserving Our History' banquet to be on Kelley's birthday marks decades of historic
FRESNO, Ca.—After 87 years, Jack Kelley, founder of the only African-American museum in the San Joaquin Valley, is not only being honored for his date of birth, but for his strong commitment and dedication to the Fresno community; because of his legacy, other pioneers are recognized on the walls of the museum, which breathe the rich history of the black community—the African-American Historical & Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley (AAHCMSJV) was founded by retired Fresno Sgt. homicide detective Kelley in 1986 against many odds.
However the struggle, the legacy Kelley built is most deserving of an exclusive banquet on Sat., August 11th, with this being his final appearance—as his wishes are to spend more time with family.
"He has never been the one to want to be honored at banquets," explained son Keith Kelley. "His goal was to highlight African-Americans who have made a difference in the community," said Kelley, "so that youth and others would be able to know that there are mentors right here in the city for them, they would not have to reach beyond but right here within."
The Jack Kelley Tribute "Preserving Our History" Banquet Fundraiser to be held at the Radisson Hotel on 2233 Ventura in Fresno, CA will entertain a no host reception at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 7 PM; tickets are $100 per person.
Along with the birthday celebration, there will be awards presented to the following community leaders who have displayed outstanding service to the museum: Cynthia Sterling, Gwen Morris, & Cal Johnson. Two special "Wall of Distinction" Awards will be presented to Julia Brown and Terance Frazier, outstanding community business leaders who have displayed excellence in their service to the museum through time and/or monetary funding.
As a non-profit, educational facility, the museum houses hundreds of photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia dating back to the 1880's, documenting the numerous contributions of African-Americans throughout the San Joaquin Valley. With new improvements and added programs to the facility, under the direction of executive director, Ray Johnson, the demands for expansion are inevitable.
"For the first time in this museum's history there will be a legacy for this museum to continue on its path of enlightenment," said executive director Ray Johnson, "Kelley has been a profound catalyst for African-American advancement in the fields of education, law enforcement and community service."
For more information about purchasing a table, tickets or sponsorship, please call: 559-268-7102 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or view our website at: http://aahcmsjv.org.