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Hour-A-Day Study Club members plan a cultural evening, Windsor Star 25/03/1957
 
Hour-A-Day Study Club Award Recipients, Windsor Star 9/10/1968

Hour-A-Day Study Club members plan a cultural evening, Windsor Star 25/03/1957 – photo courtesy of the McCurdy Collection, Archives of Ontario
 
Hour-A-Day Study Club Award Recipients, Windsor Star 9/10/1968 – photo courtesy of the McCurdy Collection, Archives of Ontario
 
Founded in 1934 The Hour-A-Day Study Club was originally called ‘The Mothers’ Club’ This group of local women began meeting in the home of Ardella Jacobs at 1130 Lillian Street. They soon changed their name to The Hour-A-Day Study Club. They pledged to study for one hour a day had a tremendous influence on the community. They also studied the growth and development of children and began visiting new mothers and presenting them with baby books.

The members of The Hour-A-Day Study Club became activists in the struggle to encourage children to achieve in school and support for parents. Over the years countless numbers of young people have been encouraged and assisted in there pursuit of quality education. Every year students who excelled in their studies were selected and received e Hour-A-Day Study Club scholarship awards. The club also organized many social and cultural events. Annual traditions included the Parents’ Dinner and Mothers’ Day worship services and the Spring Musical.

The Club was very active in promoting the rights of young women of colour in Canada. When young women were being prevented from entering the field of nursing the Hour-A-Day Study Club wrote to the provincial Minister of Health and the University of Toronto to help get Black nurses admitted for training there. By the late 1940s to the early 1950s, Black women gradually began to be accepted as nursing students and to be employed in hospitals in various centres across Canada.

Study Club members also took up relevant causes. They raised funds to hire a lawyer to represent a local man, Howard Berry Jr., who accused the Windsor Police of brutality. They also helped plan the Emancipation Day festivities. In 1977 the Club voted to make "Working Together for Community Betterment" their motto.
 
Mrs. Eleanor Greene is a long-time member of the Hour-A-Day Study Club. To view video clips of Mrs. Greene speaking of the longevity and importance of the club please click here.
 
  List of Founding Members:
   


Mrs. Samuel Bishop
Mrs. Joseph (Gladys) Browning
Mrs. Minnie Chickee
Mrs. Thomas Christian
Mrs. Daisy Craven
Mrs. Rachel Harding
Mrs. James (Ardella) Jacobs
Mrs. George Lucas
Mrs. Charles G. (Vivian) Nall
Mrs. Alton Parker
Mrs. F.O. (Verna) Stewart
Mrs. Lloyd J. (Elizabeth) Washington
Mrs. Forest S. Watkins
Mrs. Homer Watkins
Mrs. George White
 
 

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