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Featured Alumni Profile (February 2018)      

Alumnus of the Month, Joseph "Joe" Martin Jackson II

Alumnus of Dec 2018Our alumnus of the month of February is Joseph "Joe" Martin Jackson II, a member of the Class of 1998 and a native of Memphis, TN. He is a proud 1993 graduate of Central High School. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at Lane College he completed his Masters of Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Union University (2005).

He is the son of Phyllis and Joseph Jackson. Joe smiles when he shares that he grew up an only child and always had his way with both parents. He takes great pride in knowing that his niece and former students attended Lane because of his love for the institution.

In 1995, Joe was initiated into the Delta Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated at Lane College. He remains an active member of Phi Beta Sigma where he has held several positions in the Memphis graduate chapter (Tau Iota Sigma) including Vice-President, President and Advisor to two undergraduate chapters.

I spoke with college friend and classmate, Kelly Boyd. She offered, "After 20 plus years of friendship, Joe is still the annoying brother that I can't help but love. He absolutely loves Lane College. He is always ready to give back; always the first to arrive for Homecoming; and is constantly recruiting new students. He truly represents the spirit of Lane."

Joe stated, "I have many memories of Lane College. Particularly, I remember Dr. McClure sitting in my dorm room as a freshman for an hour talking to my mother and grandmother. I also recall leaving Jackson on April 27, 1998 after graduation with Dr. McClure’s words ringing in my head "the drive home will be different." When asked about Lane, I will always say that Lane College is more than an institute of higher learning, we are a Family. I always arrive to homecoming on Thursday, just to help where I am needed for the last minute touches. I also enjoy attending the President's Luncheon and giving back financially to the Pre-Alumni Council. I remember how much it took for me just to survive as a young college student."

In 1998, Joe became an educator for Memphis City Schools providing students with superior leadership skills and life-long capabilities. During that span of time he held significant positions as Administrative Assistant, Chairman of Accreditation (SACS), Athletic Director, and Classroom Instructor. Joseph developed a flexible curriculum that included instructional strategies to meet the differentiated needs of students and colleagues alike.

In 2004, he began a career in real estate with Benchmark at Southwind Realtors. He has been a member of the Million Dollar Club and Multi-Million Dollar Club. He has also been a top producer of his company for many years. He continues to help families achieve their dream of home homeownership.

In 2005, he joined the Memphis Police Department. He has worked in various roles, Uniform Patrol, FBI task forces, Internal Affairs and currently as a Secondary/Additional Employment Officer.

Joe attends St. Andrew AME Church where he is an active member of the Steward Board and sings in the church choir. He is a member of Black Men Run. He has served as a member of the Executive Board of the NAACP, a 2010 graduate of Leadership Memphis and has work on various political campaigns. In his spare time, he is always up for a quick drive to Jackson to spend time on the campus. He also loves participating in 10k and marathons, spending time with his fur baby Bentley and watching his favorite team the Dallas Cowboys.

Let us celebrate Lane Man Jackson! You may congratulate him at de1914@yahoo.com

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