HAMPTON, Va. (November 6, 2019) – On October 21, students and faculty gathered in Ogden Hall for the coronation of the new Miss Hampton University and Mr. Pirate. Carmen Jackson is now the 62nd Miss Hampton University and Jamil Gambari is the 16th Mr. Pirate.
“Mr. Gambari and Miss Jackson epitomize everything that makes Hampton University THE Standard of Excellence,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “These two bright, witty, outgoing and high character individuals represent the leaders that we build at this world-class institution!”
Jackson is a senior strategic communications major with emphasis in performance from Georgia. She was raised in a family-oriented environment, which made the journey to Hampton a big transition for her. After gaining influential mentors, she maneuvered her way through the Greer Dawson Student Leadership Program, which placed her on the committee for the Miss Hampton pageant.
Jackson is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and was able to witness, assist and later learn from her sorors who too once served as Miss Hampton University.
“I was actually talking to Lulu who’s the past Miss Hampton and she told me that ‘What God has for you, nobody can get in the way of that. What’s yours is yours,’ and after that I was ready,” said Jackson.
Jackson’s Platform is S.T.A.G.E (Students Taking Art Grow Educationally). With her background in performance arts, she felt it was necessary to fill the gap for students whose schools and programs lost funding for their arts programs. Now that she has the crown, she still spreads awareness of her platform by going to schools and volunteering with students who have an artistic interest.
Gambari is a senior marketing major from New York and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.
While matriculating through Hampton, he was inspired by his peers and fraternity brothers who became active in campus life. That inspiration is what sparked his interest and playing a bigger role at HU as Mr. Pirate.
“As I grew up, I always stood out because I didn’t want to keep myself limited to one thing. In high school, I branched out and that touched a lot of my peers. I wanted to keep that going here at Hampton, which is why I joined my fraternity,” said Gambari. “I wanted a platform to inspire young men.”
Gambari’s platform is 3D (Driven, Diverse and Dynamic), which highlights the multi-dimensional aspects that African Americans have through proper knowledge of their history and confidence building. Right now, he’s active in bringing awareness to First Friday STD testing on campus. He also plans on visiting the male dorms and younger guys to be an impactful and positive voice for them.
“You can’t be productive in life if you’re sick, you have to be aware,” says Gambari.
With their new heavily weighted titles, Jackson and Gambari want to continue to be an example to their peers by doing the work and being their best selves.