Musical activism earns Gilliard ’18 Monroe Prize
When Jordan Gilliard’s high school choir teacher cued the group to start singing, silence followed.
“No one would sing because we were so scared we wouldn’t know the note,” said Gilliard. “He told us, ‘If everyone is waiting for someone else to sing, then nothing will happen.’ And I’ve just incorporated that into my life. Nothing’s going to happen if we’re all waiting for someone else … You don’t have to be the savior, just the person who starts stuff.”
During her four years at William & Mary, Gilliard ’18 has often been that person, building community by working to provide students of color more opportunities to have their voice heard, in both the university’s music scene and beyond.