The Takoma Park City Council has reaffirmed and declared Tuesday, February 23 as Lee Jordan Day in the city.
“Lee A. Jordan was an iconic figure for Takoma Park, whose values and contributions still resonate in our community,” according to a press release.
The Oral Histories from the African American Community Project will present a program about Jordan’s life at 2 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium:
Lee Jordan was a legendary coach and mentor to a generation of Takoma Park youth – both black and white – through his work at Takoma Park Junior High School and was a founder of the Takoma Park Boys and Girls Club, the first integrated organization of its kind in Montgomery County. He was also a tireless advocate for the African American community in Takoma Park and led the campaign for the creation of the Hefner Community Center on Oswego Avenue. To commemorate Black History Month. the Oral Histories from the African American Community Project will present a program about Jordan’s life. Family and community members who knew him well will discuss Jordan’s legacy on many fronts. Film clips from some of the project’s oral histories will be featured in the program, as well as music and visuals. Oral Histories from the African American Community is a project of Historic Takoma with funding from the City of Takoma Park.
Photo courtesy City of Takoma Park