Moon family establishes scholarships
Jeremy M. Lazarus | 5/4/2023, 6 p.m.
Sisters Enjoli and Sesha Moon are already making an impact on Richmond.
Enjoli Moon is the founder and creative force behind the annual Afrikana Independent Film Festival RVA.
She and her sister also teamed to create the JXN project to raise awareness and focus attention on Jackson Ward.
Now they and their family are seeking to reach back and help others succeed.
The family has donated a total of nearly $100,000 to endow scholarships at three area universities.
That includes a $50,000 donation to Virginia Commonwealth University to establish the Dr. Sesha Joi Moon Endowed Scholarship for student pursuing degrees in government, public affairs or African-American studies, the family stated.
The family also has donated $25,000 to endow a scholarship in the name of the late Inez Orzene Jaudon Johnson at Virginia Union University for students pursuing degrees in education, social work or sociology. An alumnus of the school, she was a longtime teacher in Richmond Public Schools.
The family also gave $20,000 to endow a scholarship in the name of the late George Ernest Johnson at Virginia State University for students pursuing a degree in music or playing in the school’s marching band. Mr. Johnson attended VSU and played in the marching band.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were the grandparents of the two sisters.
Dr. Moon earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at VCU. She currently serves as director of the U.S. House of Representatives’Office of Diversity and Inclusion and executive director of the JXN Project.
Enjoli Moon serves as assistant director of the JXN Project and also as assistant curator for film and special programs at VCU’s Institute of Contemporary Art.
The donations were made in the name of the family, including the two sisters’ father August Moon, Dr. Michon Jaudon Johnson Moon, Jonah Ali Hodari and Janice Sherri Pritchett-Moon, the family said.