Mrs. Hinds County Plus America 2024
Education in the South
Jovie E. Wilkerson-Williams is a native of Jackson, MS. The daughter of the late Stevie Mcafee(a former member of the Award Winning Canton Spirituals)and Mrs. JoeAnn Watkins. Jovie is a product of the Jackson Public School district. After the completion of high school she attended Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS where she majored in Elementary Education and was apart of the World Renowed MVSU concert and gospel choir. During her tenure at MVSU she was named gospel choir director and crowned Miss University Choir in 2007. Jovie has sang behind the likes of Dorinda Clark Cole, Ricky Dillard, Lonnie Hunter,Anita Wilson, Vashawn Mitchell, Willam Murphy, Jekayln Carr, Beverly Crawford, Crystal Aikens, Tina Campbell and many more. Jovie is a licensed Minister & Evangelist. She is employed by RePublic Charter Schools where she serves as Dean of Operations.
She is the founder of Jovie Williams Ministries, Purpose Clothing Co and a member of the Stellar Award Winning and World Renowned Mississippi Mass Choir. She has also been nominated for 5 gospel music awards in 2023! When Jovie isn’t singing and traveling doing ministry, she enjoys shopping, being a fashionista, live entertainment and traveling the world.
About my Platform
Platform: Education in the South is my platform.
As a former pre-k teacher and Pre-K director and now serving as a Dean of Operations for one of Jackson’s first elementary charter schools. For the last 10 years I’ve seen the changes to our education system here in the south! The “No Child Left Behind” campaign unfortunately left so many of our black and brown scholars behind. Forcing 3rd graders now to pass the Reading Gate Test when they can barely read!
Unfortunately our black communities aren’t as fortunate as surrounding communities or as other states to have the resources, funding and support needed to ensure our scholars are able to compete with their counterparts! In the south and Mississippi being the focus state we are so far behind on simple tools and resources needed to ensure our scholars win in the classrooms and at times are forced to use curriculums that aren’t beneficial for our black and brown scholars! Our black and brown scholars in the south deserve the opportunity to a quality education given them the tools needed for success!
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