Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College welcomed Senator David Jordan Monday morning for a special program and book signing centered around Jordan’s new autobiography, “From the Mississippi Cotton Fields to the State Senate, A Memoir”.
CCC faculty, staff and students as well as community members came out to hear Jordan’s dramatic accounts from his childhood and as a Civil Rights trailblazer in the Mississippi Delta during the special event, organized by CCC’s Division of Enrollment and Student Services.
CCC’s SGA President Christopher Neal presided over the program that included a welcome from Mr. CCC Cadarrius Cannon and an introduction of Jordan by CCC’s Director of Talent Search Joseph McKee.
The 80-year-old Democratic member of the Mississippi State Senate then took to the podium to discuss the book that he said took him five years to author. He opened the discussion by recalling two horrific, racially-fueled events, discussed in his autobiography, that occurred in his childhood. It was those events, Jordan said, that sparked his interested in the Civil Rights movement and local Civil Rights heroes such as Aaron Henry and Medger Evers.
“This became a priority for me—to get even, to make things better,” Jordan said. “That’s why today I continue to work for the people …they are my priority.”
Jordan told the audience that he grew up during a time where schools for African American children were centered around cotton. As a result, he failed twice. However, he never used that as a crutch.
“To the young people, you can make it. Don’t say times are hard; they’ve always been hard … we’ve proven to God and man that we deserve the rights of this country,” he said. “We don’t waddle in despair; we push on. But we must have the courage to do what is right, what is just.”
Jordan concluded by encouraging students to honor the hard work of their ancestors by taking advantage of the opportunities presented before them today.
“Burn the midnight oil and get a good education. Don’t fail; don’t flunk out. We made it better for you, and if you’re not careful you’ll give it all back,” Jordan said. “Use trials and tribulations as stepping stones and walk anyway. The world cares nothing about you—it’s what you can offer the world that count … you haven’t done your part until your toes get cold.”
CCC President Dr. Valmadage Towner thanked Jordan for sharing his message of strength.
“You really cannot grasp, young people, the significance of this person. He's a very unassuming individual … if the Bible were written today, he’d be in it,” said Towner. “He has a whole ‘lot of nerve’. He speaks truth to power, and he has the clout, the standing, the personal life to back it up. He could easily rest on his laurels, but he chooses to keep going.”
Towner then echoed Jordan’s message by encouraging students to take advantage of every opportunity.
“We have it all, but yet we do so very little. Some kind of way we’ve lost out edge, our hunger,” said Towner. “I would hope that every young person, students in particular, will have the hunger and appetite that our forefathers did.”
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