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The mission of the Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation (FDCDC) is to advance the social and economic well-being of low and moderate income individuals and families in and around Jacksonville, Texas.

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Crisp air, cool breeze, fall leaves. All the things Autumn brings!

Facts That Will Make You So Excited for Fall By DESIRÉE O ALEX DANIEL 

Fall may mark the end of lazy afternoons at the beach and summer Fridays, but it also brings stunning scenery, cozy sweaters, outdoor adventures, and the start of the holiday season. But if you need even more reasons to get excited about all things autumn, check out these fascinating fall facts.

Catching a falling leaf can bring you good luck. All those falling leaves don't just look beautiful, they may also bring you good luck. That is, if you're a superstitious person. According to The Encyclopedia of Superstitions, there's a popular belief that "as many falling leaves as can be caught in the hand in autumn, so many happy months will follow." Children's author Alison Uttley writes in her memoir A Year in the Country, "We try to catch a dancing leaf, for every leaf caught is a 'happy day.'" Whatever the actual timeline, we could all use a little bit more luck.

Way more reasons to write "congrats" on your friends' Facebook walls. The fall is when birth rates are at their highest, so you can expect to see an increase in newborn baby pics filling your feed. But according to Facebook's own data, it's also the time of year when a higher number of singles update their status to "in a relationship" or "engaged" compared to the yearly average.

You can catch birds on their migrations south. The fall is when many bird species make their way to the warmer climes south in preparation for the chilly winter months. While each species follows its own particular path, there are a few popular "flyways" where bird watchers are likely to catch a few flocks on their annual trip. Audubon editor Kenn Kaufman offers seven such hot spots for birds escaping the cold, including Great Salt Lake, Utah (where half a million Wilson's phalaropes and 1.5 million eared grebes stop to snack on brine shrimp before moving on) or Cape May, New Jersey (where "warblers and other warm-weather songbirds peak in September").

The "contrast effect" makes women even more attractive in the autumn. r In a study published in the 2008 issue of Perception, researchers discovered that men found women more attractive during cooler months than warmer ones, likely due to the "contrast effect." This theory holds that since men see more of women's bodies during the warmer months of the year, it takes less stimuli to catch their attention once the weather causes them to start layering up.

You can spot a harvest moon. The full moon that occurs during autumn equinox, when the Earth's equator most closely lines up with the sun's center, is noticeably brighter and rises earlier than a typical full moon. Appearing some time in September or October, this harvest moon can appear almost orange (usually when it's closest to the horizon), a bit like a giant pumpkin in the sky—very seasonally appropriate! This bright, early moonlight has long been helpful to farmers as they harvest summer crops, hence the name. 

Save the Date!

Dinner Fundraiser to Honor

Founding Fathers & Mothers

Of the Fred Douglass Alumni Association

Saturday, February 26 at 7:30PM
         to 11:30PM CT        

The Legacy 782 CR 1511
Jacksonville, TX 75766 

                 Hosted by FDCDC               


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FDCDC has a fundamental belief that poverty cycles can be broken by education, hard work and opportunity. We envision young boys and girls in Jacksonville growing up with dreams of becoming confident and successful citizens in their community. Our belief is if they are given the proper tools, resources and guidance they are more likely to fulfill their destiny.

Kudos to Lucy Lacy for Hosting our 1st Fundraiser in 2021!

On Saturday September 25, 2021, Lucy organized a successful Park Lane Jewelry fundraiser to support the FDCDC. It was exciting and fun! Lucy, we value your efforts and appreciate your willingness to raise money for the organization. We want to also extend a heartfelt thank you to those who supported this fundraiser! The total amount raised will be announced in next month's newsletter and posted on the website.

Seminary Heights Church of Christ Hosts Gospel Concert in the Park! 

Seminary Heights Church of Christ Hosts Gospel Concert in the Park! On September 25th Seminary Heights Church of Christ held an outdoor Gospel festival in their brand new amphitheater in All Saints Field. They had local artists such as Beacon of Light Church of Christ Praise Team; artists from Houston and Dallas. Family sat under the shade of an awning enjoying the presence of God through song. Pastor Kelvin Dansby is doing great things in the Lincoln Park community. Keep your eyes and ears open for more to come.

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FDCDC – Continuing the Legacy of Service

Please be reminded that the FDCDC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Thank you in advance for your contribution and God Bless you and your family!

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Socks For The Elderly 2021

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Community Servant of the Year!

Beginning November 2021 FDCDC will began accepting nominations for Community Servant of the year award! These will be individuals who were active in the Jacksonville community throughout 2021 and who have supported the FDCDC financially and or through volunteer efforts. Spread the word and keep your eyes opened for the Community Servant of the year!

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               Sesquicentennial Celebration!

The city of Jacksonville, Texas is celebrating its 150th birthday! The celebration will begin January 2022 and continue throughout the year. There will be special activities and events all year long! The Sesquicentennial Committee wants to ensure the entire community is not only included but actively participates. The Fred Douglass Alumni Association and Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation are asked to collaborate with the city as the 100th anniversary of Fred Douglass High School will be observed and celebrated in 2022 as well.

Some events and activities included in initial discussion are: digging up time capsule buried 50 yrs. ago and burying a new time capsule, Black History celebrations, Easter Egg Hunt, Rodeo, Tomato Fest, Golf Luau, city fireworks, kite contest, and parade.

As the Sesquicentennial Committee begins to plan activities, it is imperative that history from all areas of the community is acknowledged and included. If you have Jacksonville Black history information, ideas for observances/activities, and/or overall suggestions, please send to Tracey Wallace at [email protected]

We are hoping to raise $3000 to help students with college expenses during Fred Douglass School 100 Year Anniversary and Jacksonville's Sesquicentennial next year. Will you consider partnering with us to help more students? Please consider a gift of $100 (or any amount) because every student deserves a chance to attend college. Just go to www.fdcdc.org to make your gift. 

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Attached is the form used to order the bricks for the Centennial Celebration.  

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It’s time to prepare for annual enrollment to select Medicare benefits for 2022. Medicare’s open enrollment period is October 15, 2021 – December 7, 2021. Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation (FDCDC) is sponsoring two virtual seminars to provide information to help with this process. The seminars will be held Saturdays, October 30, 2021, and November 20, 2021. Times, registration details, and additional information regarding the seminars will be posted on the FDCDC website, www.fdcdc.gov, within the next two weeks. 

A seed was planted laying the groundwork for our future community garden. Read more about the seed below:  

Thank you for reviewing and providing feedback on the proposal to establish a community garden on the property in the Lincoln Park area where the Fred Douglass schools were once located. I am writing to share some of the benefits of this project.

Since 1991 (30 years), the Fred Douglass Alumni Association (FDAA) has had a goal of putting a structure on the property to house programs that will help re-build the surrounding community. However, efforts to reach that goal have not been successful. Therefore, we are proposing a different approach for utilizing the property, which we feel will serve our community and help us reach our goal. Attached is a list of some of the benefits that can be realized by this project.

We strongly believe that the community garden concept is the "right" kind of project to start first in the community. As soon as possible, we are going to launch a fundraising plan to raise money for this community garden project and subsequently, a building structure.

George Davis suggested that we contact the agriculture department at Jacksonville ISD schools to engage their participation in this project, which is a great idea. The talents and abilities of FDAA members, with various backgrounds, are needed to help with this project. Next month we will be reaching out to the elementary schools to start developing relationships.

Our Fred Douglass Family includes a fine group of people operating as a team with the common objective of keeping the Fred Douglass dream alive and improving the community. All of us play an important part in making this happen. I am pleased and honored to be part of the Fred Douglass Family, and I am looking forward to all of us working on this important community project together.


Willie J. Howard 

Historic Fred Douglass School Opening Provided a Pathway to Success for Black Students

M.B. Davis wrote in the 1956 yearbook, The Dragon. He wrote the following to the graduating class, "You have an excellent motto, 'The Door to Success is labeled PUSH.' I urge that you allow the meaning expressed in this motto to serve as an inspiration to you through the years to come. Your contacts and experiences at Fred Douglass High should give you a good foundation upon which to build a life of service to your community, your nation, and yourself. With every good wish, I am, yours truly, M.B. Davis."

Fred Douglass High School Success Stories

In follow up to the article recognizing pathways to success by FDHS, we want to highlight the many successful students from the historic FDHS. This month's featured success story is Hallie Peoples. Please submit information on other FDHS success stories in PDF format to [email protected]

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