A Twist On Jack And Jill

Blacks turn to an old social club for a new reason

When Paula Tuffin and her family moved to Essex Fells, N.J., a village of huge homes and hilly landscapes, they were unbothered by the fact that they were the only black folks for miles around. But soon Tuffin, a divorce mediator, began to worry. Her children Drew, 7, and Sarah, 4, were well accepted by their white friends, but they were barely being exposed to the black community at all. Thus Tuffin got together with 40 other black mothers, many in similar situations, and formed a chapter of Jack and Jill, a national family oriented black organization. "There would be more...

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