The Reverend Joseph H. May, the former pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church on Beach 72 Street, is seen by many as the “father of public housing in Rockaway.” He worked for 40 years to improve the quality of life for black people in the Arverne section of Rockaway and a section of Beach Channel Drive memorializes his service to Rockaway. Lovette Glascow, the local chapter president of the NAACP, has nominated two local black activists who should be noted on Black History Month this year – the Reverend Joseph H. May and Lena Cook.
The Lucille Rose Day Care Center was founded under the leadership of Lena Cook, the former president of the NAACP and one of the leading black activists during the civil rights movement in Rockaway. A dedication of the center will take place on February 25 at 6 p.m. The day care center is located at 148 Beach 59 Street in Arverne.