Jayme Bradford Kinard – 1972-2022 Co-author – The Passions of Our Culture Professor Jayme Kinard was a native of Mobile Alabama. She later graduated from Clark Atlanta University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Mass Media Arts, where she was editor of the Panther Newspaper, and on the board of the National Association of Black Journalists. In 1997, she attended the University of West Florida and received her Master of Arts in Communication Arts. Last she attained her Master of Arts in Teaching English Education, from Jacksonville University in 2004. Jayme devoted her life to education, which afforded the opportunity to travel the world as a journalist and educator. This calling led her to assignments that required her presence in Egypt, Ghana, Italy, and Senegal. She believed that she could help change the world, one student at a time. For 25 years as an educator, she served as Assistant Professor of Mass Communication/English at Allen University, Voorhees University, Jacksonville University, Edward Waters College, and Florida Community College. Jayme found much enjoyment in giving back to her community. She was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Before teaching, Jayme worked as a reporter and writer at The Pensacola New Journal, The Florida Times Union, and the Muskegon Chronicle. She had the opportunity to interview dozens of prominent politicians and religious leaders including former Pope John Paul II, former President Bill Clinton, former Vice-President Al Gore, former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Minister Benjamin Chavis-Muhammad. She has also interviewed entertainers such as Jamie Foxx, Cedric The Entertainer, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Craig Mack, Steve Harvey, Bruce Bruce, Mike Epps, Marvin Dixon, Sinbad, 95 South, the 69 Boys, Roy Jones, Shaquille O’Neal, Brian McKnight, Tom Joyner, Tavis Smiley, Iyanla Vanzant, Melba Moore, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu. Jayme had many talents such as writing poetry and micro fiction, spoken word, singing karaoke, and acting. She directed her favorite play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” and starred in several productions that include “Black Nativity” and “Mama, I Want to Sing.” She has also performed in numerous cultural celebrations including the World of Nations, the Kuumba Festival, the Springfield Jazz & Heritage Festival, the North Florida Kwanzaa Celebration, the Dogwood Festival, and the Forever Famous Celebration during the Jacksonville Super Bowl. She also served as chairperson of the Denmark Dogwood Festival from 2012-2018.