The sound of the “Reflection Band” reverberated through the dining area at the Viera Holiday Inn on September 14, 2019 and the official Party for the Honoree Elsenna D. Jordan was about to begin. The Band played “This Girl Is on Fire” and Ms. Jordan filled with excitement, escorted by her older brother Wayne Harris, entered the room with poise, beauty and grace. She was dressed in an elegant gold lace and sequined gown.
Presiding were her sister and brother-in-love Tammyla Harris Reed and George Reed. Special guest at the honoree’s table were Ms. Elizabeth Thayer and Ms. Barbara Darville her remaining maternal and paternal aunts. Miss Jordan Holder, Elsenna’s grand-daughter welcomed the more than 100 guests to the 75th Birthday Dinner and words of grace were given by Rev. Ralph T. F. Newell, and dinner was served.
Ms. Jordan was honored with tributes by Mr. Morgan Holder, her grandson and her daughter Ms. Shaunda Jordan Holder; I want you to take a close look at “the isn’t she lovely collage of four,” featuring Elsenna, Grandson Morgan Holder, Elsenna, Daughter Shaunda Jordan, Grand-daughter Jordan Holder, Brother Wayne Harris, Sister Tammyla and Brother-in-Love George Reed.
Ms. Elsenna D. Jordan holds the honor of being the first African American Pharmacist from South Brevard County Public School, Class of 1962, Stone High School; she is a graduate of Florida A&M University. She and her daughter Shaunda also served as the first African American Mother and Daughter Practicing Pharmacist Team in Brevard County. She is a member of Greater Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Melbourne where she is very active as an officer and a member. Ms. Jordan’s resume’ is extensive with community and civic involvement.
Tributes were given by Dr. Barbara C. Moore of the Brevard County Links, Inc.; Ms. Marian Jackson, President of Brevard County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and Mr. Valene Croskey, Director of U.F. Gibbs Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.; FAMU BFFs – Ms. Lena Williams and “The Ladies” tributes; Mr. Foster B. Thayer led the toast to the honoree Ms. Elsenna D. Jordan. The Delta Sigma Theta Serenade was performed.
Ms. Jordan’s response was filled with love and compassion and so many thanks, please let it suffice that your names may have been listed in this article or your picture may be posted. Here are brief excerpts from Ms. Jordan: “The party may soon come to an end, but I will still play the events over and over in my head. I am overjoyed! I’ve never had a ‘real’ birthday party! Tonight, I’ve had such a fantastic time listening to a little ‘trivia’ from those who know me well…my BFFs…siblings…thanks to my church family… Greater Allen Chapel and Rev. Lorenzo Laws…to ‘Team 75’ and the reflection band.” Special Thanks to Marquis Campbell Photography!
The following is one of Elsenna D. Jordan’s favorite poems: “Thank you Lord, for all my friends, Each one is dear to me, for all the smiles and glowing hearts, I seem to always see. They’re there in times of good and bad, Their love, they always share, They fill me with unending joy, And show me that they care. I see them as the shining stars, God placed them there with care, I may not always see their smiles, But know they’re always there.” (Steven Hanna, 2001)