BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The Birmingham Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., along with members of the community will celebrate the life of Carole Robertson by hosting “Carole Robertson Day,” Saturday, September 21, 2013.
The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Smithfield Public Library.
Carole Robertson was a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc, before her tragic death in the 17th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963.
Carole was only 14-years-old when she was killed. Not only was she very active within the organization, her mother Alpha Robertson served as Regional Director of the Southeastern Region.
Teen president Hannah Floyd says, many see Robertson as a role model. “We remember her every year, she was a Jack and Jill teen herself the year that she died so she’s very much an example to all of us,” said Floyd.
Like many of the teens within the organization today, Carole Robertson, was being groomed for success. Floyd looks up to Robertson because of her qualities as leader and scholastic achievements.
Gaile Gratton, was just 5 years old when her cousin was killed in 1963. “It’s just great to see these young people remembering her and her sacrifice and even though it was a tragedy, it did make quite an impact on all Americans,” said Gratton.
A specially carved reading bench will be unveiled at Smithfield Public Library as part of “Carole Robertson Day.” In addition to the bench a reading list, which will include some of Robertson’s favorite books will be created
“We’re hoping that when children see the bench they feel a connection to Carole Robertson,” said Chanda Temple of the Birmingham Public Library.
The organization will also donate children’s books to the branch.