Get to Know the Students Demand Action Advisory Board: Makayla Jordan
Makayla Jordan is a high school senior from Birmingham, Alabama. She is leader in the Alabama Virtual Field Office and also a Summer of Action captain. As a sophomore, Makayla was upset about the inaction of leaders after Courtlin Arrington was shot in a local school in Birmingham and little was done about it. She wanted to make a difference and started a Students Demand Action Birmingham chapter with friends. From there she joined the Summer of Action, making over 89,000 calls to register voters in America. Makayla enjoys volunteering at the Birmingham Museum of Art and also is a published poet. Makayla is glad to help continue the fight in ending gun violence and mobilizing youth voters.
Get to know Makayla even more in her Q&A!
Name: Makayla Jordan Pronouns: she/her/hers Age: 17 Astrological Sign: Libra Location: Birmingham, AL SDA Chapter: Students Demand Action Birmingham
What do you hope to pursue after you graduate?
I want to major in marketing/public relations and become a campaign manager (hopefully for an awesome Students Demand Action volunteer)
Why is gun violence prevention important to you?
Gun violence affects Black and brown people at a disproportionate rate, and especially in Birmingham, none of our leaders are doing anything about it. So I have to step up to fight to protect my community.
What are you most proud of working on as a Students Demand Action volunteer?
Summer of Action. I still can’t believe we elected Biden.
What public figure or social justice icon do you most admire?
Stacey Abrams (she’s my idol)
If you could only eat one food for a year, what would you pick?
What do you do for self care?
What motivates you to keep going?
Seeing the positive impacts we have made, electing Joe Biden, registering 100,000 reaching youth across the country. It’s insane.