Jay Roberson, Associate Athletic Director at Samford, decided a couple of years ago to make a run for a seat on the Birmingham City Council.  He won the race, and then he began, step by step, to make a positive difference within our community.  A few days ago he was recognized in Washington, D.C. by Kevin Jennings, Deputy Secretary of the U. S. Department of Education.  According to Deputy Director Jennings: 

"I met Jay last summer at a speaking engagement in Atlanta.  Appalled by the high rates of homicide in his community, he organized '100 Days of No Violence,' a community service initiative that was launched on October 10 and spearheaded by area youth in an effort to combat crime, especially among youth, in Birmingham and surrounding communities.  Nearly 3,000 students signed pledges to commit to influence their peers to abstain for 100 days from behavior that could lead to homicides or their going to jail, leading into the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday in January 2011." 

The world is better because of Jay Roberson. 


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.