HAMPTON, Va. (December 6, 2019) – Thursday, October 31st was Hampton University graduating Senior, Andre Jones’ 21st birthday and was conflicted on how to celebrate, so he decided to give the ultimate gift of giving – giving back to his community. Jones invited 10 minority men from the Minority Achievement Committee (MAC) Scholars program at Calvert High School and took them shopping for suits. The purpose of purchasing suits for the young boys was to prepare them for their future.
“Hampton University aims to groom young esteemed men who know how to carry themselves in the world. Andre’s initiative reflects THE Standard of Excellence that our university exudes. We are so honored that this young man was able to use what he learned from Hampton University and give back to his community,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
When asked if he believed that Hampton University instilled in him the idea that business attire is important, Jones responded, “Absolutely, I do. Growing up, my dad always wore suits so I had an example in my life, but I believe Hampton put the idea in my head that it is especially important for black males to have a suit,” Jones said. “Whether you’re going on an interview or going out in the world in general, it is important to always have a suit handy.”
This idea combined with his shock at how few minority men owned suits or even knew how to tie a tie was an additional motivating force behind “Suited for Business.”
In addition to being a full-time student, Jones is a realtor in Virginia Beach and a member of the University Choirs. Fellow choir member Serenity Steele, criminal justice major, commented that she remembers, “Andre always wearing suits to choir practice.”