its October 18 meeting, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed
the week of November 8-12 as "Luther Jackson Middle
School Week" in Fairfax County.
more about Luther Jackson Middle School's 50th anniversary.
Chairman: Luther Jackson Middle School, which is a vibrant
middle school located in Providence District, is celebrating
its 50 year legacy of education and contribution to
the community. In celebration of this milestone, it
is important to journey through the school's unique
Jackson Middle School was named after Dr. Luther P.
Jackson who was a historian and an educator whose nationally
recognized writings identified the contributions of
African-Americans in Virginia's history. He was not
only a scholar but also a man of action as his service
in the fields of education and civil service will testify.
known as the Luther Porter Jackson High School, the
school opened its doors on September 1954 as a segregated
high school for black students in Fairfax County. Prior
to this, students were transported outside of Fairfax
County for their education. After the integration of
Fairfax County Public Schools, Luther Jackson Intermediate
School opened its doors in September 1965. In July 1991,
the school was named as the Luther Jackson Middle School.
its current highlights are the following: during the
Spring of 1997, the former First Lady, Hillary Rodham
Clinton, chaired a televised Luther Jackson forum; in
1997 Luther Jackson was selected for national recognition
as one of only five schools in the United States to
receive the nationally recognized award of "School
of Excellence" presented by the Hispanic Magazine
and Ryder System, Inc; and since February 1981, the
Fairfax County School Board has called Luther Jackson
"home," and holds its meetings there.
I move that staff prepare a proclamation designating
the week of November 8 - November 12, 2004 as "Luther
Jackson Middle School Week" in Fairfax County and
coordinate this designation with Fairfax County Public
Schools and Luther Jackson Middle School.
I would ask by unanimous consent that at the October
18 Board meeting, representatives of the school be invited
to come before the Board in celebration of Luther Jackson
Middle School's 50th Anniversary and to receive the