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Da'Quan Love as Roots Futurist

Da'Quan Marcell Love

Da'Quan Marcell Love

Hampton University Student Government Association (SGA) President, Da'Quan Marcell Love, was honored with recognition by online magazine, The Root, as a recipient of the 2014 Young Futurist Award. Love, a graduating senior from Henrico, Va., spoke on how humbled and honored he is to receive the award.

Q: How do you feel about being a recipient of the 2014 Root's Youth Futurist Award?
A: I am truly honored to be inducted in The Root's 2014 Young Futurist class. It is very humbling to know that my life-long passion of service and activism is being honored with this national recognition.

Q: Do you know who nominated you for the award?
A: Yes. I was nominated by two NAACP national staff, Jotaka Eaddy and Sammie Dow. Jotaka is the Senior Advisor to the President/CEO of the NAACP, and Sammie Dow is the Director of the Youth & College Division of the NAACP.

Q: Has being awarded motivated you? If so, how?
A: Being recognized by The Root has motivated me to continue my work in social justice and activism. It is humbling to receive national recognition for my work, and to know that my long nights and stressful days are not in vain.

Q: What motivates you?
A: Passion! If you are not motivated by a passion, then what are you living for? My passion, which is derived from my personal mission, gives me the fuel to accomplish the tasks which help me reach my goal. My personal mission is to empower and uplift others through service, leadership and excellence.

Q: What was your first reaction when finding out you were nominated and had won?
A: After finding out that I was nominated and was awarded a spot in the 2014 Young Futurist class, I was first surprised and then humbled.

Q: What are your future plans after graduating?
A: After graduation, I will be teaching high school social studies in Eastern North Carolina with Teach for America. While teaching, I plan to pursue a Master's Degree in Education.

Q: What impact do you want to make on the world by your hard work?
A: My ultimate goal is to empower and uplift others, and I would like to help others reach their full potential. Whether that is through social justice activism, teaching, speaking or by other forms, I want to empower others to make a difference.

Visit The Root's 2014 Young Futurists - Da'Quan Marcell Love to see Love's award profile, and the other young people featured.

Mechala Simpson '15