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Magnolia B. Jackson: BCU’s Oldest Living Alumnus Celebrates 104th Birthday

      In a nation plagued by rising gas prices, war, global warming, coronavirus, racism and inhumanity, more than 50 people in Gainesville, Florida, celebrated the life of an outstanding educator and principal Magnolia Bradley Jackson. At 104, Principal Jackson is the oldest living alumnus of Bethune Cookman University founded for Black students by Mary McCleod Bethune. Born the youngest of 11 siblings March 14, 1918 in rural Rochelle, Florida, Magnolia’s intellectual acumen sailed her through Old Lincoln High to Bethune Cookman where she earned a degree in elementary education.  […]