You can learn about Melquain by watching this video. Captions are available.
Melquain Jatelle Anderson was a Brooklyn Knight born and raised in Brooklyn. He lived in Sheepshead Bay, and spent time in Vinegar Hill (Farragut Houses) with his grandmother. At 17 years old, he started helping other young men study and pass their GED. Melquain’s aspiration was to give back to the community because he had seen so many young men give up on school. He was also an ardent learner, and interested in sign language, and theater. Melquain was a proud Muslim.
Melquain became more committed to making change after graduating from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). He transferred to John Jay College where he hoped to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and then attend law school. Melquain’s plan was to start a community center helping young men obtain their GEDs and attend college. Although Melquain’s life was cut short before he could fulfill his dreams of giving back to the community, his family wants his dream to live on.