When the idea was established to create the Men of the Ivy as a Charities capital campaign strategy during the 25th anniversary celebration of the organization, the first person to donate was Mr. Allen D. Jackson. When asked why he chose to donate, Mr. Jackson shared that he wanted to assist in the uplifting of our Prince George’s County community, particularly supporting the positive growth and development of our youth and their parents.
Mr. Jackson shared his thoughts on why it is so important for other men in the community to support Charities. “When I last visited the Ivy Youth and Family Center, I was very impressed with the progress of its development and utility for the purpose of community service. I would strongly encourage other brothers to support Charities because of the history of its success in providing programs that uplift our children, youth and adults. Brothers have a stake in assisting Charities in meeting its purpose and goals. The future of our people depends on the accomplishments of our children. Therefore, my advice to the brothers about donating to Charities is, JUST DO IT!”,
He continued on to say, “One of the reasons I am committed to supporting Charities is reflected in the ardent support of my wife, Dr. Shirley A. Jackson and my personal and professional history in supporting the growth and development of children and youth.”
Mr. Jackson grew up in Akron, Ohio where he served as a mathematics teacher, principal and Executive Director of the Summit County Community Action Agency. One of his most fulfilling experiences was serving on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission as Deputy to Mrs. Coretta Scott King.
Mr. Jackson is retired now and proudly serves as a Founder of the Prince George’s County Sojourner Truth Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the organization founded by Carter G. Woodson, the creator of Black History Month. Mr. Jackson is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Added to his leisure activities are traveling and singing in various choirs at the Allen Chapel AME Church.