As the sun rises just above the tree line, 500 men from Morehouse College march through a crowd of loved ones in celebration of their graduation. One among the 500 is Mr. Jon Rico Wigfall. A dedicated member and friend of the Absalom Jones Center, today Jon Rico concludes his six year journey towards graduation.
The poet Langston Hughes wrote:
“Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor –
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,”
When faced with the seemingly insurmountable challenges of homelessness, broken relationships and illness in his family, Jon Rico has been “a-climin’ on.” He held a full-time job during much of his time at Morehouse, yet also played an active role in the life of the Center. His story inspires and his witness encourages.
It is with great joy that we celebrate with Jon Rico and his family. We give thanks to God for guiding Jon Rico along the way, and pray that God will continue to bless him.
After graduation, Jon Rico will move to New York to serve as a teacher for the Teach For America program.