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To honor the life of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards who was killed by police in April of 2017, the cast and crew of the popular Netflix series “Dear White People” has created a scholarship fund in his name.
In an Instagram post this week, the show’s leading actresses, Logan Browning and Ashley Blaine Featherson, explained that they along with the rest of their crew members were saddened by Edwards death, which occurred around the same time as the series premiere last year.
Last year, the same weekend Dear White People premiered, we were deeply saddened by the loss of 15-year-old honor student/athlete Jordan Edwards. Jordan aspired to play football at the current NCAA champion University of Alabama. To honor his life, our cast and crew formed a scholarship fund in his name. His dream will live on through another deserving student, and #JordanEdwards will live on as more than just a hashtag. We welcome you to be a part of building his legacy at TheJordanEdwardsMemorialScholarship.comadvertisement
“Jordan aspired to play football at the current NCAA champion University of Alabama,” the ladies wrote under a series of pictures posted. “His dream will live on through another deserving student, and Jordan Edwards will live on as more than just a hashtag.”
According to the scholarship’s website, the fund is being set up at the University of Alabama and is in partnership with the school’s Black Alumni Association and Edwards’ family.
Edwards, whose goal was to play football at the University of Alabama while earning a degree to become a pilot, had his life cut short when former Texas police officer, Roy Oliver, fired into the car he was in with his teenage brothers as they drove away from a house party last year. He was a freshman honors student and athlete at Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas.
“The circumstances of his death could have easily made his mark one of tragedy,” the site says. “We will not allow that to be how Jordan is remembered. He was an excellent student, an athlete, a brother, and a son. His mark will be one of opportunity, for a student to become what time and events did not allow to Jordan.”