JAHMAL COLE: BIOGRAPHY 

Jahmal Cole is a tireless volunteer and role model. An advocate for education reform in Chicago, Jahmal is passionate about improving schools and is a frequent speaker at colleges in the Chicagoland area. Jahmal is the author of The Torch of Decency: Rekindling the Spirit of Community Organizations, "Athletes & MC's" and "50 Excuses: to not Follow your Dreams."  

Recognized for his contributions to the community, he is the recipient of many awards, including a 2012 Certificate of Appreciation from Governor Pat Quinn, 2012 Chicago Ideas Award Winner presented by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, 2013 Scion Motivate Winner presented by Toyota, 2013 John Lennon Song Writing Grand Prize Award Winner, 2013 Cook County Juvenile Detention Center Volunteer Award. 2016 Roberto Clemente Global Health Award, 2016 Chicago Urban League Innovator Award 2017 Outstanding Commitment to Community Service Award on behalf of State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, and 2017 Mazda Drive for Good Competition Winner and 2017 Monumental Baptist Church Humanitarian Award Winner. 2018 Chicago Defender Men of Excellence Honoree, 2018 Chicago City Council Resolution Award recipient. 2018 he was named one of the “20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans” by Streetwise Magazine. 2018 named a Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine. 2019 Champion of Freedom Award Winner presented by Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the 2019 MLK Interfaith Breakfast. He was appointed as honorary chair of State of Black Chicago Steering Committee by Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court and named one of Huffington Post’s 15 Inspiring Chicagoans.