Archive for June, 2011

Jamal SimmonsDate of Interview: 06/10/2011

Over the past three years, Jamal Simmons has steadily become one of the most recognizable political analysts. With regular appearances on CBS News, CNN and MSNBC, Simmons’ candid commentary established himself as a “fresh voice” on national broadcasts. His work has also been featured in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune and Politico.

Channeling the power of social media, Jamal Simmons launched an innovative fundraising campaign for the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation: “$40 for 40 Kids.” From this effort, forty high school graduates in Detroit and the surrounding Michigan area will receive financial assistance to attend institutes of higher learning.

As one of the foundation’s 1988 scholarship recipients, Jamal Simmons enrolled in Morehouse College, where he recently received the Presidential Award of Distinction. A few years later, Simmons would obtain a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.

In preparation for the official launch of the “$40 for 40 Kids” campaign, Jamal Simmons managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the value of strong communication skills, his evolution as a political analyst and the importance of receiving his father’s “tough love.”