Happy Tuesday #Jontourage,
Welcome back to the “Classy Gent Chronicles”, where staying classy is the only way to be. In this week’s edition, read about how I spent my last Friday and the greater meaning behind it.
Last week, I participated in the #IRunWithMaud initiative. For those of you who may not be aware, Ahmaud Arbery (an African American male) was killed by two white males while he was jogging. He was killed on February 23, 2020. The situation hit hard for me because I exercise outdoors pretty much every day. On top of that, I live in a predominately white area so that really could have been me.
Since I work at a university, I posted a video on my department’s Instagram page to encourage students to get involved. The response was truly overwhelming. The video received over 100 shares and almost 200 likes. The day of the challenge, over 35 people participated in walking at least 2.23 miles to honor the life of Ahmaud Arbery and shared their results with us. Although the #IRunWithMaud initiative went well, it opens the door to additional dialogue.
As a society, how can we work on this issue of racism in our nation? Here is my take on some things we can do as a nation, especially as people of color:
Moral of the story: Of course there are a million and one factors that play into the issues we have but everyone can do something to help make things improve.
Remember, in order to live out your dreams, you have to think it, feel it, live it! Until next time, stay classy...
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Jonathan C. Harris is no stranger to leadership, hard work, or success. At the age of ten years old, he earned the right to be a guest weatherman for a day on Fox 5 DC News. He has already received over 100 honors and awards including Forty Under 40 for Prince George’s County, MD, TEDx Talk speaker, American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Outstanding Men’s Program, high school Valedictorian and the Kiwanis Club Citizenship Award. Raised in Fort Washington, Maryland, he has served in leadership positions his entire life, from being the manager of the school store in elementary school to the president of the Homelessness Awareness Club in middle school to the president of the National Honor Society in high school.