By Cheletia Johnson, Lincoln Recreation Center Assistant Supervisor
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” — Gen. Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State
I was privileged to work with a woman of great character who lived by Gen. Powell’s words. The late Lillian Jean Clark Robinson, better known as “Ms. Jean,” was a former supervisor of the Lincoln Recreation Center. She stood proudly and fought tirelessly to deliver more services to the community.
Ms. Jean is no longer with us physically, but her spirit lives on.
Without her dreams, the Lincoln Recreation Center would not have started celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Without her dreams, guests of the Lincoln Recreation Center would not be able to see the beautiful mural displaying prominent African-American heroes such as Gen. Powell.
Her successors have embraced many of Ms. Jean’s great attributes. The visionary and talented Lance Jackson —brother and father figure of the neighborhood, as well as the Lincoln Center’s longtime supervisor —continues spearheading many endeavors set in motion by Ms. Jean. For more than 25 years, Lance has made a positive impact on our community.
Continuing the legacy of dreams, Lance visualized a concept to remember Dr. King through the Dream Works Conference. Dream Works develops civic responsibility through active discussion, participation, and celebration of the legacy and dream of Dr. King. The format provides an opportunity for the public to share thoughts, ideas, and resources.
In its third year, the 2017 Dream Works Conference will be from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Lincoln Recreation Center. Rev. Sam Hill of North Bryan New Birth Baptist Church will be the guest speaker, and the conference will feature sessions on character, leadership, spirituality and personal and community development. The conference is free, but lunch is $7 per plate.
Click here to register.
As part of the legacy of the Lincoln Recreation Center, my aspiration is to be a torchbearer, lighting the path for future generations and, someday, adding a scholarship banquet to the MLK weekend. With faith, hope, and determination, I expect this to come to fruition in 2018.
We’ve dreamed for a better community — now it’s time to wake up and find solutions for a better community. As Dr. King said, “The time is always right to do the right thing.”
About the Author
Cheletia Johnson has worked for the City of College Station for more than 23 years, including 12 as the Lincoln Recreation Center’s assistant supervisor. A College Station native, Cheletia grew up near the LRC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in community health from Texas A&M and a master’s in counseling from Prairie View A&M.
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