Personality: Jamon K. Phenix
Spotlight on VUU Student Government Association president
3/1/2019, 6 a.m.
What policy changes should we seek to better African-American communities: Policy becomes a blanket to issues if not treated at a deeper level. The improvement of the African-American community stands at a crossroads of action and accountability. The letter that was written to the governor was about holding our elected officials accountable.
What role do you see for young people in bringing about change: We have to be at the heart of the change. We are thankful for our ancestors who have fought for the ground we stand on today. However, if we want to continue to see history progress in the right direction, then we must continue to be at the table always prepared to speak up for those who are not able.
What does blackface mean to you and your generation: It represents America’s dark history. It is not surprising to me that our elected officials participated in these heinous acts. For every single public official who is caught in this behavior, there are probably 10 more people doing it willingly and freely.
Do you see demonstrations as a viable option like those of the Richmond 34 more than 50 years ago? Yes, these actions are taken to disrupt injustices, which is key to nonviolent progressive liberation.
Is it much more complex today: No, the grassroots principles of nonviolent protest remain the same, just different people carrying them out.
How I start the day: Praying, stopping at Starbucks to grab a double shot caramel macchiato with almond milk, my planner in hand and then making my way to class.
A perfect day for me is: Enjoying a day around campus, probably having a few meetings, talking with fraternity brothers, speaking with my SGA family and then heading into work. How I unwind: Heading to the library after work, reading African proverbs and talking to my grandma.
A quote that I am inspired by is: “If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Best thing my parents ever taught me: Treat everyone with respect and compassion.
Person who influenced me the most: My grandparents, William and Mary Green.
The book that influenced me the most: “The Substance of Things Hoped For” by Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor.
What I’m reading now: “Soar! Build Your Vision from the Ground Up” by T.D. Jakes and “Campaign Craft: The Strategies, Tactics, and Art of Political Campaign Management” by Michael J. Burton et al.
The one thing that I’ve learned in life is: Never be too hard on yourself and always forgive people with a heart full of compassion and thanks.
My next goal: Getting accepted into law school and becoming a civil rights attorney.