Morehouse Advocacy Reaching Capitol Hill (MARCH) Ambassadors Make Waves in Washington, D.C.December 6, 2023
In a groundbreaking initiative, the Morehouse Advocacy Reaching Capitol Hill (MARCH) Ambassadors Program has concluded its inaugural trip to Washington, D.C., leaving a lasting impact on the nation's capital. Twelve exceptional Men of Morehouse embarked on this journey, chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. During the trip, they connected with key policymakers, lawmakers, and institutions to advocate for issues closely aligned with Morehouse's unwavering commitment to social justice.
The selected ambassadors — Calvin Bell III, Caleb Harrison Cole, Rollin "RJ" Jackson Jr., Thishin Jackson, Darion Johnson, Darius Martin, PJ Martin, Tyler Mathieu, LaDarrick Smith, David Totty, Porter Alexander Tynes III, and Sterling Williams— championed for causes such as fair housing, criminal justice reform, healthcare costs, and access to education. Their advocacy led them to meet members of esteemed institutions, including the U.S. Congress, the White House Office of Public Engagement, the U.S. Department of Justice, and The Brookings Institution.
Throughout their visit, the MARCH Ambassadors received resounding encouragement, being consistently reminded, "You are the future of this country." This recognition only underscored the importance of their mission and the impact they could have on shaping the nation's future.
The ambassadors engaged with Reverend Raphael Warnock for the U.S. Senate, the Office of U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff, and policy researchers. They were also able to connect with influential Morehouse alum such as Hassan Christian, Anthony Coley, George Walker, and Geoff Bennett, enriching their experience and broadening their understanding of the political landscape.
"I am deeply grateful to all the Morehouse Men and friends who contributed to making the inaugural MARCH Ambassadors Program a true success for the College, said Kendrick Brown, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
at Morehouse College. "We experienced welcome, warmth, and generosity wherever we went. That creates a momentum that I will do my best to craft into an enduring program that touches the lives and aspirations of Men of Morehouse beyond this incredible inaugural group of Ambassadors."
Special acknowledgment is due to Provost Kendrick Brown, Dr. Jann Adams, Dr. Hideko Sera, Dr. Levar Smith, Shawna Watley, and Ashley Lawrence for their dedicated efforts in making this inaugural program a reality. Their dedication to molding the next generation of advocates is a testament to Morehouse College's commitment to shaping leaders who will drive positive change in society.
The MARCH Ambassadors' journey to Washington, D.C., symbolizes a significant stride toward a future where Morehouse Men play a pivotal role in shaping a more just and equitable world. The success of this inaugural program sets the stage for a lasting legacy, and continued support ensures that the torch of advocacy burns bright for generations to come.