Mr. Jarrell V. Jordan is a Junior, political science major and religion minor at Morehouse College from Birmingham Alabama. Mr. Jordan was selected as a White House HBCU Ambassador for the White House HBCU Initiative in August of 2016. Mr. Jordan is one of 73 White House Ambassadors representing over 63 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Mr. Jordan currently serves as the White House HBCU Advisor. Mr. Jordan is also a 2015 Bill Gates Scholarship Recipient.
Last year, Mr. Jordan created the Importance of Education Tour to educate students, parents, educators, and the greater community in the City of Birmingham on the importance of education. This year, Mr. Jordan is bringing the tour back to the City of Birmingham and to the City of Atlanta.
The mission of “The Importance of Education Tour” is to inform middle and high school students about the importance of education and to teach them about the culture of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. During the tour, Mr. Jordan will travel to schools and churches in the cities of Birmingham & Atlanta where he will motivate students about the importance of education, speak about his experience at Morehouse College, give out scholarship information, college tips, and provide information on the college application and financial aid processes from the Department of Education and the United Negro College Fund. This year, Mr. Jordan is adding a worship experience to the tour.
This year, Mr. Jordan is bringing some of the brightest students who understand the Importance of Education on tour with him. Tour Speakers Include: Trey Hawkins, Jayla Kirkland, Justin Bryant, Gary Wilson, Ryan Brazier, Stanley Louis, Jaylen King, Rosevelt Morris & George French. All of these students are from Birmingham Alabama and the surrounding areas and most of them are products of Birmingham City School. With the help of these amazing students, we can share our stories with thousands of students in Birmingham and show them that education is truly important and show them where an education can take them in life.
In the past four months, there have been changes to leadership at over six Historically Black Colleges & Universities in this Nation. About two weeks ago, the Morehouse College Board of Trustees voted to not renew the contract of President John S. Wilson. I began to see this trend begin months ago but it did not really affect me until it was my president who was fired. Serving in the role as White House HBCU Ambassador, I knew that I had to speak out about this issue with governance dysfunction. The 73 White House HBCU Ambassadors came together to write this letter in protest of this issue and to work to bring about change to this issue. Below is the open letter to the 105 Board of Trustees for the Historically Black Colleges & Universities in this Nation.
Jarrell V. Jordan
White House HBCU Ambassador