Monday, July 20, 2009

 

Jesse Spikes

No, enthralling news on the home front. But the name Jesse Spikes has been coming up a lot on the news front recently. Who is Jesse Spikes? "He grew up in Henry County [, Georgia], the 13th child of a sharecropper. A special program for underprivileged kids allowed him to go to high school in Hanover, N.H. Later, he graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College (also in Hanover), then earned a post-graduate degree at Oxford [as a Rhodes Scholar], finally finishing with a law degree from Harvard."

He's running for Mayor of Atlanta as the outsider candidate who has never held office. Spikes looks to be an underdog. He only raised $44,280 in the last three months, which is less than all the other candidates including the frontrunner who raised more than $500,000 in the past three months. See his website, http://www.jessespikesformayor.com 

More background on Spikes, donated to Dartmouth for at least the past 20 years, was profiled in the 1993 book Blacks in the White Establishment, studied English Lit, and ran track.

So if you want someone who makes Dartmouth proud, then Spikes is your guy. 

See links:
http://ivy50.com/blackHistory/story.aspx?sid=3/21/2007 
http://books.google.com/books?id=Fw4nkhf_6lMC&pg=PA113&lpg=PA113&dq=jesse+spikes+%22dartmouth+college&source=bl&ots=vqBt9-0pzK&sig=AqCzMwftuGtHsGo_mmubNY_aowM&hl=en&ei=ybRiSufeF9-Btgf98L3vDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~alfund/thankyou/2008/1972.html 
 http://www.sundaypaper.com/More/Archives/tabid/98/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/4295/Whos-Jesse-Spikes.aspx

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