Dedication | Oscar James Street
The genesis of this Historical Research Project grew out of the commitment to family by Oscar James Street. The Street family rose from the ashes of slavery through the African American experience in the United States.
Our grandfather, Oscar James Street died on July 4, 1964 and our grandmother, Rebecca Jackson Street, died on March 20, 1974. They are the foundation of our family and we shall never forget them. In 1974, Oscar James Street, our grandfather’s namesake, who was reared by our grandparents as their son, began the Street Family Reunion as a celebration of family, an opportunity for a Christian fellowship meal, a re-telling of the Street Family History (by Oscar James Street), and a desire for family members to strengthen our bond of love. With his own resources, Oscar James Street took it upon himself to begin the annual family tradition that has grown over the years.
We refer to Oscar as “Doctor Street”, such that our young generation and generations yet to be born will know why: Oscar completed his course work for a doctorate in education at Valdosta State University. As an educator, businessperson, philosopher, scholar and historian, we dedicate this Family History Project to Doctor Street. He is our primary source for family history, when we did not have the resources, financial or otherwise, Oscar stepped in to pay them out of his personal resources.
Oscar, because of your profound commitment to family and your dedication to keeping us together as a legacy for the future, we thank you and commit ourselves to be with you as you continued to strengthen our family and to be like you as we achieve great accomplishments in our family’s name! Oscar, our entire family thanks you and joins you on this amazing journey to find and record the lives and times of our ancestors and our off spring. Although we have amassed a treasure of historical information on our family and begun a family gathering tradition that exists to this day, we still have more work to do. It is the pledge of every member of the Street Family to join you Oscar as you continue to bless us with your vision and leadership.
We also give honorable mention to Rev. Matthew Mark Carter II, Eartha Lee Mincey Street, Lula Mae Davis Carter, Susan Street Mizell, Rev. Napoleon Clemmons, Minnie Street Carter, Jaleyn Carter, Rev. Walter Mizell, Markesha Carter, Lonnie Street, Jr., Francine Solomon, Melissa Williams, Linda Mobley and countless other family members that are assisting Oscar in researching and writing our family history. We also would like to thank Randall Carter for his assistance in gathering rare photographs and Mark J. Carter for his computer skills in putting this project together.
The 2013 Family Reunion, as all the others, was blessed by the remarks of family and Jesus Christ by the lone surviving child of Jim and Rebecca Street, Mouvine Street (Davis). She has lived in Douglas all of her life!
Now may the grace of God, our Father, the love of Jesus Christ, our Savior, and sweet communion of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, rest, rule and abide in our bodies, minds and souls until we cross the Jordan and behold our Savior face to face!