"The facility that we now know as the Ada Jenkins Center has a proud history. For thirty years it served, first as the Davidson Colored School and then as the Ada Jenkins Elementary School, as the only school for African Americans in Davidson. As such, it was the center of Davidson's Westside community. It then housed one of Mecklenburg County's first kindergartens, an integrated program which served hundreds of Davidson five-year-olds. When the kindergarten moved to Davidson Elementary school in the early 1970s, the Ada Jenkins building was used as a recreation center which also offered some social service programs. In 1991 Reverend Robert Shirley of the Devison Presbyterian Church founded the Ada Jenkins Families and Careers Development Center in the building, and in 1998, spearheaded by Bonnie Brown and fueled by the efforts of hundreds of community and college volunteers, it became the Ada Jenkins Center as we know it today. Over the past thirty years, the center has grown and flourished into a facility this is a vital lifeline for citizens from across northern Mecklenburg County."--P.  of cover.