Jessica Franks is a history maker. This 10th grade student at Wilmington Early College High School, Wilmington, North Carolina is making her mark in history now. She is the current President of the Wilmington NAACP Youth Council and previously served as the council secretary. Her outstanding leadership abilities are instrumental in guiding the youth council in a variety of activities at the local and state level.
Jessica was instrumental in explaining the Freedom Summer Program to community members at the kickoff event last year where partner organizations worked to carry out a voter empowerment plan. She was the 2014 Mistress of Ceremony for the New Hanover County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet with District Court Judge Faison was the speaker. Most recently she served as hostess for the New Hanover County NAACP MLK Breakfast where Ben Chavis was speaker. Jessica is also an active participant in local Back to School events, the state NAACP Moral Monday Rally’s as well as the state NAACP Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) events.
Jessica Franks is the daughter of Tonia and Donald Franks and attends St. Luke AME Zion Church under the leadership of Rev. Jermaine B Armour. She is very active in her church and church district. She was recently appointed to the position of Public Relations for the Wilmington District VICYC ( arick International Christian Youth Council) of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. She is on her church youth choir and the District Black History Team for her church. Jessica is also in charge of the Media Ministry each week at her church where she is responsible for the congregational powerpoint of the weekly sermon.
She would like to attend North Carolina A&T State University to become a Computer Science Engineer after graduation.
Larneice Spencer-Youth Council Advisor states, “Jessica has outstanding leadership abilities and a great personality. Congratulations to Jessica as she continues to work with the NAACP, her church and other organizations. The NAACP members are very proud of Jessica. Thank-you Jessica and the Franks family for helping her help us.”
In Jessica’s own words: I am making a difference in my community by informing children and parents about the NAACP. Many people don’t know about the NAACP or even the Youth Council but by informing them makes a difference; they become informed on African American History.
There are numerous people that have inspired me from the elderly in the NAACP to the elderly in my church. Listening to the stories they tell about their experiences, I gain so much wisdom. My mother has always told me “Great memories leaves great legacy but great legacies give great wisdom”. Dr. Diane Emerson has always told me that I am destined for greatness; this quote encourages me every day of my life. Every youth is destined for greatness, we are the next leaders for the world and with Patience, Determination, Pride and God we can conquer anything and everything!
Public Input: Do you know someone who has done something remarkable in the Wilmington community? Their story should be told. Nominate a ‘Future History Maker’ by sharing their story- firstname.lastname@example.org. Future History Makers should be 21 years old and under, has demonstrated success as a leader in school, church or community, exhibits qualities of good citizenship and character, active in the community by providing service and is a leader. Final selection of all Future History Maker stories will be determined by the Commission on African American History. Current members of the commission are: Willie Black, Audrey Clark, Sylvia Ezelonwu, Natalie Hinton-Stalling, Atiba Johnson, Todd McFadden