Jewell Stevenson, a resident of White Oak Living Center located on the Groves retirement community campus, is the recipient of the 17th Annual African American Achievement Award presented by the Community of Concerned Citizens group.

Jewell Stevenson, a resident of White Oak Living Center located on the Groves retirement community campus, is the recipient of the 17th Annual African American Achievement Award presented by the Community of Concerned Citizens group.

The award acknowledges those who have made Outstanding Contributions to the African American Community of Independence Stevenson, the last living teacher from Young School, an all black school once located here, is being honored for all the help she provided students along the way which often included free tutoring after hours. Stevenson also attended Young School as a student.

Bill Curtis, local historian, made the presentation to Stevenson on Thursday, Feb. 26 as part of the citizens’ group Black History Month Celebration. Samuel Harris, president of the group, along with other members and former students of Stevenson’s’ also attended. 

The Community of Concern Citizens group, based out of Independence, is a civil rights group that exists to help all those who come their way. Members of the group say “color doesn’t matter.”