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E. Cynthia Jenkins

E. Cynthia Jenkins, American state legislator. Recipient service citation Negro Business and Professional Women, Jamaica chapter Member New York Black Librarians Caucus (founder), American Library Association (council), New York Library Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha (award, Epsilon Pi Omega chapter). member New York State Assembly, since 1982. Founder, Social Concern Vendor Agency, Social Concern Home Attendant Program; Club: charter.

Background

  • Jenkins, E. Cynthia was born on July 21, 1924 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Daughter of Stephen Alexander and Mayne Hampton (Young) Burnley.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Louisville, 1945. M.L.A., Pratt Institute, 1966. Postgraduate, Columbia University.

    Career

    • Branch librarian Queensborough Public Library., Jamaica, New York, since 1962. Member New York State Assembly, since 1982. Founder, Social Concern Vendor Agency, Social Concern Home Attendant Program.

      Elected Democratic district leader 29th Assembly District, since 1978. Charter member Women's Legislation Caucus. Founder, president Social Concern National Credit Union.

      Charter member Queens Women's Political Caucus. Founder Southeast Queens Regular Democratic.

    Works

    • Editor, contributor Forum magazine. Contributor to Handbook on Black Librarianship.

    Politics

    Social norms that assume different standards for women than for men in marriage are outdated and should be rejected. Laws in civil society should define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    Religion

    The longing for holiness is not about wanting to be 'holier than thou'. It is about wanting the love of God to permeate all of our life, and for that love to be shown through our lives to other people.

    Denomination: Methodist

    Views

    Every Church member should be trusted with responsibilities. In building the local Methodist groups or 'societies', they should be trained to maintain the meetings and give pastoral care and challenge to the members.

    Membership

    Member New York State Assembly, since 1982. Founder, Social Concern Vendor Agency, Social Concern Home Attendant Program. Club: charter.

    Connections

    • Married Joseph D. Jenkins, April 17, 1949. 1 child, Joseph D. Librarian, Brooklyn Public.
    • father: Stephen Alexander Burnley
    • mother: Mayne Hampton (Young) Burnley
    • spouse: Joseph D. Jenkins
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