Men of Merit

  • About Men of Merit

    Mission Statement

    Jackson College’s Men of Merit is a service and leadership initiative whose mission is to inspire members to stay in college, advance academically, serve their community and become the men they dream to be.

    Vision Statement

    Jackson College’s Men of Merit is a first-class student leadership organization whose focus is establishing a community of support and brotherhood which promotes service learning, academic achievement, networking, accountability and personal and professional development of males of color.


    JC Men of Merit is open to all JC male students. Members are expected to be committed to their academic success, professional development and available to attend Men of Merit meetings and functions.


    • To develop strong African American male student leadership
    • To increase their engagement in the college experience
    • To increase retention rates
    • To increase academic productivity
    • To promote service learning
    • To strengthen public speaking ability

    Yearly Events Include

    • Mentoring elementary, middle, and high school students
    • Networking: Meeting your business owners and elected and community leaders
    • Speaking engagements at community events
    • Community service projects
    • Study sessions (one-on-one/group)
  • Men of Merit Speakers

    Men of Merit Speakers

    • Jwanza Kunjufu, Author, Urban School Consultant, Professional Lecturer
    • John Willis, Director of the King Center
    • George Lyons, Attorney
    • Alan Wade, CEO of the Jackson Blazer Newspaper
    • Clarence Love Retired NFL Player
    • Daryl Hoskins, Proprietor of Daryl’s Downtown Restaurant
    • William Strohaver, Previous JC Vice-President
    • Halbert Bates, Western Michigan University
    • Steven Hogwood, Proprietor of McDonalds Restaurants
    • Janice Fairley, Manager Training/Quality NCO Group
    • Tony Jackson, Proprietor of State Farm Insurance
    • Thomas Burke, Mentoring
    • Fred Parker,
    • Eric Beda,
    • Dr. Daniel Phelan, JC President
    • Ed Woods, Apprenticeship Manager
    • Matthew Heins, JC Trustee and Jackson Chief of Police
    • Christopher Simpson, Jackson Police
    • Frank Weathers, Jackson Community Relations Liaison
    • George Brown,
    • Woody Wilson, JC faculty
    • Dr. Larry Rowley, Assistant Professor for Afro-American & African Studies, University of Michigan
    • Michael Eatman, Director of Intercultural Student Programs, Spring Arbor University
    • Hakim Crampton, Poet & Author
    • Anthony Parker, Consumer Energy
    • Simon Fuller, Manager of JATA
    • Daphne C. Watkins, Professor at U of M
    • Jason Caldwell, Artist & Business Owner
    • Steven Albee Scott, JC Professor
  • Contact Men of Merit

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