Emerging Black Gets Personal With Dr. Kamanski R. Jordan-Williams, Jacksonville's Promising New Doctor
L ast week nurses and doctors flooded my timeline with their wonderful accomplishments. With so much black magic in the air, one doctor in particular caught my attention. When I met this handsome gentleman he was completing his doctorate program and five months later, here we are. Dr. Kamanski R. Jordan-Williams graduated last week from the Historically Black University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with a doctorate degree in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. I got up-close and personal with the handsome, soft-spoken specimen about his journey to the white coat. Here is what he had to say:
For those who may not know, who is Kamanski Jordan-Williams? A driven person that cares about others. I am a person that hopes to be able to positively influence those around me to be the best that they can be. I was raised by hardworking individuals who taught me hard work and faith can take one a long way. Based on those values, I hope to encourage others in that same way.
Where were you born? Tifton, GA
What was life like for you growing up? I had a very good life. I had a lot of love and support from every member of my family. I was raised in a nurturing environment that really made me feel like I could accomplish whatvever I set my mind to. My hometown is a small town, so the community is very close knit, and most times, everyone worked together to make sure that I had whatever I needed.
How did your pharmaceutical journey begin? I started by shadowing a pharmacist in my hometown at Walgreens in the 12th grade. I liked the care the pharmacist was able to shomw to patients. From there, I vowmed to get into Pharmacy school. In 2014, I began Pharmacy school at Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Hey
What was the journey to the coat like and what was the most difficult part of your journey? The journey was full of late nights, weekend study sessions, repetition, testing, and reading. I developed close friends with those that went through the process with me. The most difficult part, in my opinion, was grasping the large amount of information that was thrown at me in such a short amount of time. I had to learn my study habits, some of which I am still trying to perfect to this day. Another challenging obstacle was identifying my “why”. That’s what I believe carries people to success past anything. Sometimes we get caught up in the process that we forget the bigger picture. I had to keep telling myself it’s bigger than me.
Now that you are a doctor, what influence do you believe comes with that concerning men of color? I’ve always been particularly influenced by men that look like me that have accomplished great things in life. It gives hope and inspiration to persist. Now that I have graduated from the program as a Doctor of Pharmacy, I feel like I hold a responsibility to represent men of color in the most positive light. You see, it took a lot to get here, and I intend to continue to achieve and grow because the process is not over. I can only imagine how the process will be for those that will come after me. Therefore, I hope to be a beacon of light of what can be accomplished if one stays focused on their goals and limits distractions.
How does this new chapter affect you as a man of color? Does it give you pride? Do you think that you've changed the narrative of a young black man in America? As a man of color, it does give me pride to be able to illustrate how amazing we can be. I take pride in everything that I do now, including studying. Because I’m starting to see that every bit of information that I learn, makes me that more powerful. I think the more men of color that we empower by achieving in our own area, collectively, changes the narrative. The young black man comes from an ancestry of those that persevered through horrible atrocities for well over 400 years. The strength to accomplish things has always been there, deep inside.
What advice would you give to young men who are looking to pursue their purpose and are unsure of where to start or how to go about it? Try following what you are passionate about. Even if you’re passionate about simply obtaining wealth so that you don’t have to struggle as you may or may not have witnessed in your own personal life, find a way to connect your passion to that. I personally believe that accompanying this with faith and prayer, and organization will give one a balance that allows one to pursue their purpose. I am still looking for my true purpose. So, putting in one’s head early that growth and learning never stops, can go a long way. Seek mentors and try to expose yourself to as many opportunities as possible.
What's does the next chapter include for you? I will be starting a residency at a hospital this Summer. After that, I plan on consulting with God on my next step.
Lastly, are you dating anyone? If so, who's the lucky lady? Currently, I am single.
You can follow Dr. Kamanski R. Jordan-Williams’ journey via social media @ Kamanski Jordan.