Activist. Philanthropist. Athlete. Hero.
Jaden Sebastian Blake, also known as King Jay, was passionate about making a difference. As a high school student one of his favorite acts of community service was blood donation. He was fascinated by the number of people that could be helped by one donation and loved the snacks! The death of George Floyd made a profound impression on Jay and he and his brother JB went to Minnesota to protest. After they returned to Chicago they spearheaded the Chicago Children’s March Against Racism with the Chicago Chapter of Jack and Jill. He also led Marches in Wisconsin and other states after the shooting of Jacob Blake. Social and civic engagement, as well as community service, were hallmarks of Jay's life. As a teen, Jay participated in and led panel discussions on youth involvement for change to the social Justice system. That’s not to say that Jay was all business. Between his loud voice and vibrant personality he was often the life of the party.
An accomplished athlete in track and football, King discovered Pole Vaulting while in HS. Despite his late start Jaden went to college on a pole vaulting athletic and academic scholarship. He often talked about his desire to increase exposure and access to non traditional sports for African Americans.
Throughout his life and with the gift he gave of his organs at his untimely death, King was a leader who made a difference. His favorite word, Go! Is a call to action.
Let’s Make a difference, Gooooo!