Marquise S. Hunt is currently a student at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, majoring in mass communication with an emphasis in public relations and journalism.
It was the 2015 shooting of unarmed 18-year-old William Chapman by a local police officer that solidified Marquise’s activism and involvement in the form of community-led protest and, meetings with elected official and police department administrators. Within a year, he was the first college freshman to become president of the Tougaloo College chapter of the NAACP. In that role, he led a successful partnership with the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign to encouraging all Americans to celebrate the contributions made by immigrants to our nation. He was also one of the youth organizers of the “March on Mississippi,” a campaign to support unionizing and voting rights of employees of the local Nissan.
In 2017, Marquise became president of the Mississippi State Conference Youth and College Division of the NAACP. Currently, he serves as chairman of the NAACP National Youth and College Taskforce, and a member of the NAACP National Youth Works Committee.