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"Faith, Love and Progress: The Esau Jenkins Bus Send Off"
8/24/2016 3:56:29 PM

Civil rights leader Esau Jenkins rallies underprivileged youngsters on John's Island, offshore Charleston, with the call "Look upward, do something better!" Jenkins, (who died shortly after this photograph was taken), founded schools and programs to fight illiteracy among the island's Gullah people. (Credit: National Geographic/Thomas Nebbia)
The Esau and Janie B. Jenkins family, in partnership with the City of Charleston will host a free community event entitled: ’Faith, Love and Progress: The Esau Jenkins Bus Send Off”.

The ceremony is open to the public and will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at the future site of the International African American Museum on Concord Street."

A portion of Jenkins’ Volkswagen Microbus was sent to the Smithsonian in 2014 to be featured in the, “Defining Freedom, Defending Freedom: The Era of Segregation” exhibit.

Three generations of the Jenkins family will travel on September 23rd from Charleston to Washington D.C. to participate in the historic grand opening of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. "

Event Manager Eldrina Jones, the grand-daughter of Esau and Janie Jenkins, said she “hopes the event not only celebrates the legacy of her grandparents, but inspires the young and old to be agents of positive change in their areas of influence.” "

Jenkins created a co-op called The Progressive Club and among many things, taught Johns Island residents information required to pass a literacy exam which allowed thousands to vote."

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