2021 Black History Month: Current Community Member Jaquial Durham

Updated: Apr 22


Born in Clemson, South Carolina and raised by his grandmother, Jaquial Durham prevailed above familial adversity, which ignited his passion for ensuring that future generations are successful.

Jaquial holds a Bachelor’s degree in African and African American Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Winston-Salem State University. Recently, Jaquial earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University. Currently, working on a post-Master’s degree from Georgetown University.

Durham's research explores the cultural practices between hip-hop music executives and educational leadership, exploring how leadership in hip-hop can be approached and implemented within educational settings.

Since high school, Jaquial has successfully hosted the annual “Jaquial & Community Turkey Drive” for more than seven years, feeding more than 125 households each year during the thanksgiving holiday. Additionally, Mr. Durham has navigated international communities to better understand lived experiences. Jaquial immersed himself in Palestinian and Brazilian communities. His experiences have included teaching, learning and engaging. While in Brasil, Durham studied the inhumane experiences of Afro-Brazilians in the prison system.

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