Mississippi is Home
Born and raised in Meridian, MS in a house right next to the railroad tracks, Jennifer is the youngest of 7 children. Her parents worked hard and creatively to take care of their family. Her father was an extremely hardworking provider and protector. His day normally started in the very early dark hours of the morning driving a truck for Borden’s Milk Company. Her mother, who was once a maid, greatly valued education and worked her way to college that led to working with children with mental and emotional health challenges until she retired to take care of Jennifer’s father who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
That spirit of service to others and determination to overcome barriers was passed down to Jennifer. As she grew, she often noticed disparity. Jennifer knew that if she saw there was something that shouldn’t be happening, that she needed to be the one to do something about it.
After serving on active duty in the military Jennifer returned to Mississippi and committed herself to the work of justice because, “there is work yet to be done.”