Joshua Hawkins is someone who has a deep passion for changing the world through inspiring young individuals to achieve greatness. Currently a senior at Harvard College, Josh was born and raised right outside of Detroit, MI, but currently lives in Memphis, TN. In college, Josh is majoring in Economics with a minor in Sociology. Josh spent last summer working at Goldman Sachs in New York as an investment banking analyst and will be starting a full time job as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company also in New York later this fall. At school, he has served as President of Harvard’s Black Men’s Forum, and he currently teaches African & African-American history & culture to minority Boston teens through the W.E.B. Du Bois Society each Saturday at Harvard. Josh also helped plan “More than Music” one of the first gospel concerts on Harvard’s campus, as he hopes to use faith, music, and culture to bring love to the lives of those in need.
Aaron Roberson is currently a senior Political Science major and Spanish minor at the College of Wooster. Aaron was born and raised in the Metro Detroit Area. He has dedicated his time in college as a student-athlete and representative on campus to reforming current college policies and budgeting to invest in Diversity Engagement and Inclusion. He is currently the President of the Black Students Association, an Admissions Representative and a member of the Student Leadership Institute where he serves on a faculty and student led advisory board. Recently, he along with other student leaders on campus led a demonstration in order to force the College to increase transparency and put forth a system of accountability in their planning to increase investment in Diversity Engagement. The demonstration led to increased funding and spaces for students of color on campus and a formal plan put forth by the administration.
Matt Mckoy is from the Metro Detroit Area. He is a 2017 graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with a Major in Exercise Science, Pre- Chiropractic Studies. Matt was a 4 year player on their college's football team, served as captain and a team leader, receiving various honors including, Defensive Back of the Year, First Team All-American, First-Team All Conference and Male Athlete of the Year. During his matriculation he served as a youth mentor with various programs throughout the Saginaw area and is currently a Youth leader and mentor of Impact Campus Ministry at SVSU. Matthew is currently pursuing his dreams of going to the NFL and inspiring youth to follow their dreams. Matthew is a God fearing man that believes in the power of faith, hope, and love
" Helping the next generation believe in themselves and their power to make change will create a better world for us all." - Matt Mckoy
25 year old Detroit native SEMAJE, the guy with the huge personality who is driven to touch and inspire every person he comes in contact with. As a new inspirational music artist, SEMAJE is on his way to the top! Recently he just released his first single “WINNER” which is a hit. SEMAJE is making great strides in his music career and making contact with as many people as he can to inspire them with his voice and message. SEMAJE is a full time college student, making the Deans List this past semester while studying Business and Communication at Oakland Community College with plans to transfer to Wayne State University to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree. SEMAJE’s current daytime profession is a Human Resource Recruiter, scouting for potential candidates with qualifications that meet the requirements for open positions within the company He works for. SEMAJE is a mastermind when it comes to Branding and Influence. He has collaborated with many new Entrepreneurs, Leaders, Artist and Executives to help brand and execute visions. SEMAJE spent his pervious Summer traveling to and staying weeks at a time in places like Israel, California and New York to gain knowledge for his brand and utilize his wisdom and experience to be a great asset to The L.A.B..
Kris Alexander was born and raised in Detroit, and has a strong passion to service his community that has produced him. He is a young man who is driven to better the Black community, mainly through education. He’s a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, minoring in African-American studies from Ferris State University. While attending Ferris, Kris pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, inc. During this time, he served as the Vice President and eventually President of the chapter. He also sat on the e-board for the Black Greek Council and was a frequent speaker at events through the Office of Multicultural Student Services. Through the fraternity, Kris was able to do many community outreach programs that focused on the advancement of the Black community on the campus. He was awarded by the university with the W.E.B. DuBois Most Outspoken Student award. Kris is currently a 5th grade teacher at Mackenzie Elem/Middle School in Detroit. His favorite quote is “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” -Frederick Douglass.
Harry Ajagu is currently a Senior at Howard University, studying International Relations. Although he currently lives in the nation’s capital, he was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. It was in Detroit that Harry first discovered his passion for protecting and advancing the health, education and economic security of his community. After witnessing economic and educational disparities, Harry was compelled to start Teens H.E.L.P (Helping Eliminate Local Problems) an organization whose goals is to service and uplift his community. Harry’s advocacy for youth development and dissolving the inequalities in education can be seen through various projects, such as his internship with Neighborhood Legal Services, a pro-bono legal firm in Downtown Detroit and his internship with Congress in the office of Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence. Last spring, Harry spent 6 months abroad studying international law and politics in the Middle East, while interning with the international marketing firm, Jackson Dawson Communications. Harry aspires to be an International Human Rights Lawyer and will begin his first semester in Law School in the Fall of 2018.
Marquis Morgan is a driven creative with a heart for the people. Being raised by a single mother, Marquis realized early the importance of having a strong network of men to rely on for help. Similarly, Marquis seeks to provide the next generation with the resources and tools necessary to take their dreams and turn them into reality. Recognizing higher education as the bridge to success and financial security, Marquis enrolled in the Early College Alliance at Eastern Michigan University after his sophomore year in high school where he served as the Supplemental Instructor for the African American Literature Department. After completing the early college program, Marquis transferred to DePaul University where he now majors in Marketing with a minor in Public Relations and Advertising. Even in his collegiate career Marquis, fully embraces his calling to serve his community. In his first year, Marquis became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and serves as the Director of Community Service and Affairs for DePaul’s Black Student Union. Marquis looks forward to aiding in the impact and overall success of The L.A.B..