posted Monday, January 27
Greetings Mr. Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr,
My name is Corey A. Hardiman and I am currently in my senior year at Morehouse College and will be graduating in the spring of 2014 with a Political Science Degree. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, I am known for being a global citizen, visionary leader, and a pioneer for justice.
At the age of 12, my father was sentenced to prison for 15 years on drug charges. It was at that moment that I realized and knew that I had to create a better path for myself. So, I was awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship which has assisted with tuition and housing while a student at Morehouse. The Scholarship has also allowed me to study social inequalities in South America, and social problems in the Caribbean and Central America. I also serve as a campus-based leader for the Gates Millennium Scholars, President Emeritus of the Morehouse Political Science Association and Director of the AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) Alumni Association. I have also worked with the Morehouse Chapter of the NAACP and have marched on behalf of Troy Davis, and am currently fighting for justice for Kendrick Johnson in Valdosta, GA. In addition to my educational achievements, I have also interned for Loop Capital Investment Bank, Alderman Carrie Austin of Chicago, Georgia State Representative Ralph Long III, interned in the office of City Councilman Julian Bond in Atlanta, GA.
With a passion for community and social justice, I birthed a movement known as “Enough Chicago” in order to shed light on the violence that is taking place in the Roseland community of Chicago, the area in which I was raised. Through this movement I mobilize youth in the community to march and speak up against the violence plaguing their neighborhood. I have also created an academic scholarship to help youth from my former high school pay for their first year of books.
As you may be aware, there is a major epidemic of violence sweeping my home town. To date, Chicago has had over 350 homicides. Watching this via the news and Internet everyday- continues to empower me to act now. When I was in high school- I never felt that my community or city really invested in me becoming great. As an active member of my community, I am leading a group of my brothers from Morehouse College for an alternative spring break trip to Chicago March 10-14, 2014. The purpose of the trip is to interact with the black youth of Chicago and to provide constructive opportunities to interact with residents that are tirelessly helping to bring forth tangible solutions to the violence issues sweeping the city.
On Friday, March 14, 2014 I am holding a black male summit. The mission of the "Men of Color Summit" is to allow young brothers to be enlightened on their morals, values and how to lead a world with a strong, disciplined mind. The following topics will be covered during the summit: Leadership, Education, Health, and Financial Literacy. I am expecting over 500 (Chicago Public School) young black males to participate in the summit and would be honored to have you volunteer as a special keynote speaker at this event. So, that is why it is my mandate to show these young brothers that they can turn impossible into possible.
Mr. Lynn (Common), your dedication and commitment to helping advance young men in this global society have been absolutely extraordinary. As an exemplary leader and dedicated mentor to black males- I know your influence will leave these young men in adoration, as they listen to a big brother/father figure who believes in them. It takes all of us as a collective brotherhood, to help decrease the eradication of our brothers at the hands of another brother. So, I ask of you to be a blessing to our community through your time commitment to join us in March. It is my prayer that you will strongly consider speaking at this event.
If this is possible, I can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your consideration.
Corey A. Hardiman
posted Wednesday, October 2
You just continue what you're doing, and if you're able to guide one child in the right direction, then you've done a wonderful thing.
What is plaguing our community (Black Community) is the lack of LOVE, RESPECT, UNITY, and a whole lot more. Until we get the basics down, there’s not much hope. I’m not saying it will get worse, but it d@mn sure doesn’t have any intentions of getting better.
We have the power, but until we stop trying to satisfy the massa.... I meant the masses, and enhance our own community, this is our story, this is how it’s going to be and I don’t see a series finale in sight.