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Dr. Bethune's Legacy Lives through 100 year- old Retired Educator Magnolia Jackson




Evy Edwards 


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Gainesville, FL- On Friday, March 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe will present Bethune Cookman College Class of 1944 Alumni Magnolia Jackson with a Proclamation to honor her life and legacy on the front steps of City Hall. National Women’s History Month was designated to celebrate the achievements of phenomenal women in the community and their contribution to society. This honor coincides perfectly to recognize the achievements of lifelong Alachua County resident and retired Principal Magnolia Bradley Jackson as she celebrates her 100th Birthday.

Last year, Mayor Poe and his beautiful daughter attended Magnolia’s 99th Birthday Party and were featured on the local news station.  She said she felt like a celebrity “with all the fuss.” The Proclamation presentation will take place on the front steps of City Hall in Gainesville, 200 E. University Ave. Her birthday week festivities will end with a Birthday Party surrounded by family and friends on Saturday, March 17th. The theme she selected is “Living Life Like It’s Golden” to commemorate her 100 years.

Mrs. Jackson was one of the prominent African American educators in Alachua County, and a staunch advocate for insuring all students received a quality education. Mrs. Jackson positively impacted the lives of thousands of young minds encouraging them to strive for greatness through education. “It’s not the years in your life that counts, it’s the life in your years.” To this day, some of her students continue to reach out and communicate with her.

In 1944, Magnolia Bradley graduated from Bethune-Cookman College where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  She studied under the tutelage of Bethune-Cookman College President and Founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. 

Turning 100 years old is a rare blessing and a memorable occasion. It’s not very often you get to attend a birthday celebration of someone you know turning 100-years old. Mrs. Jackson is known for her chic style, flair for fashion and her many fabulous hats. She loves shopping and getting a ‘good deal.’   Magnolia enjoys spending time with family and friends; getting her nails done and eating lunch at her favorite restaurant, Boston Market. When you ask Mrs. Jackson her secret to long living, she will tell you to “just keep living.” This family matriarch is well loved and appreciated for her sense of humor, sharp wit and spunky personality. 

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit