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Bradley Harper ’99 Becomes First Elected African American Palm Beach County Judge in 22 Years Bradley Harper ’99

BRADLEY HARPER ’99 became the first African American in 22 years to be elected as a county judge in Palm Beach County, Fla., when he won his race on Aug. 30, 2016. Harper, a civil litigator with the Palm Beach firm Powers, McNalis, Torres, Teebagy & Luongo, defeated a better-funded and more experienced opponent to win the seat. “I think it’s an important step in our community,” Harper told the Palm Beach Post newspaper. “We came together from all different parts of the community to make sure we have a fair judiciary and that it looks like our community.” Harper has twice been a finalist for circuit judicial positions and is active in the Palm Beach County community, where he is a sixth-generation resident. Heavily involved in a number of community service activities, Harper is a past winner of the Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. “Man of Excellence” award and was named a Legal Services Trailblazer by the Success South Florida “40 Under 40.” n

Alvin Darden ’72 Named Trailblazer in Education by 100 Black Men of America ALVIN “SKIP” DARDEN ’72, associate dean of the College, was honored as a “Trailblazer in Education” by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., during its 30th annual national convention in June. Darden has served as class dean at Morehouse for the past 20 years and has been responsible for navigating nearly 13,000 students into their new college environment and through their progression Alvin “Skip” Darden ’72 toward a degree. “There are phenomenal African Americans who demonstrate extraordinary compassion, leadership and commitment in our shared struggle to positively impact the lives of our people, particularly youth,” wrote Curley Dossman Jr. ’73, chairman of the board for the 100 Black Men of America, in his award letter to Darden. “You are one of those great leaders who have given tirelessly and humbly to promote the advancement of our youth in higher education.” n

Jordan Jones ’14 Named Associate Editor at The Atlantic

JORDAN JONES ’14 has been named an associate editor on the social media team for The Atlantic, one of the nation’s most prestigious magazines. Jordan will focus on audience development to help The Atlantic determine which readership segments are its strong suit and which audiences are potential readers. Data analytics and social media, especially tweeting and headline writing, are two of the key tools he will use to target demographics. His father, Dale Jones ’82, has been a Morehouse trustee

Jordan Jones ’14

since 2009 and is assistant secretary of the Board. Jordan double majored in English and Spanish, and took several courses in the Journalism and Sports Program. “Learning how to

write is the basis of all communications work, so I got that in my English classes, but also in the journalism program. I learned how to process my thoughts in Dr. Stephens’ class,” Jordan said, referring to English Professor Delores Stephens. “But turning out stories on deadline and succinctly, and turning ideas into 140 characters, is what I learned from the journalism classes.” In July 2014, Jordan became a Chairman’s Lab Fellow at Atlantic Media, doing research and helping

shape audience development strategy for the National Journal, the company’s political magazine. Last May, Jordan was hired full time as Audience Development Coordinator for Next America, a project of The Atlantic that examines how demographic shifts will change America. Among its numerous products, Atlantic Media publishes media-focused Wire, along with Quartz, that examines the digital business economy. n

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Morehouse Magazine Winter 2017