As students at Morehouse College, Markese Bryant was pursuing a B.A in African American Studies and John Jordan was studying for a B.A in Business Finance and a minor in Leadership Studies and Economics. After reading the “The Green Collar Economy” by Van Jones, They both started to think deeply about the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the clean energy economy. They both shared a common desire to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities survive the 21st century and beyond by making them more relevant, innovative and sustainable.
In 2009-2010, Fight For Light was selected as the 3rd place winner in the Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center “Energy, Economy and Innovation” nationwide student business plan competition. Markese Bryant also partnered with Green For All to release a music video entitled “The Dream Reborn”, which garnered over 33,000 views on YouTube.com and won 2nd place in the Environmental Protection Agency nationwide video contest.
In 2010, Markese Bryant joined Green For All to build and manage the College Ambassador Program, which focused on fostering young, green-economy champions at 15 HBCUs. Through this program, Markese played an integral role in organizing the largest delegation of African American college students to attend any Power Shift conference to date.
In 2011, John Jordan joined the Morehouse Wide Initiative for Sustainable Energy, which manages a $5M grant Morehouse received from the National Science Foundation to infuse sustainability throughout the curriculum and extra-curricular experiences. John became responsible for managing student engagement across Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. John also worked for Morehouse’s Martin Luther King Jr International Chapel under the $2MM capacity building grant from Lilly Endowment.
In May of 2012, Markese Bryant and John Jordan, Jr were selected as Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellows, which is a joint project of the Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green, a global social venture fund that has provided over $30 million in start-up capital.