Herbert Spurlock III, a New Orleans native, has had a life that has had many road bumps. At the age of 10, Herbert suffered the worst experience any child could experience: the loss of both parents. Even though Herbert’s road has not been easy, he has found ways to exceed expectations in spite of his circumstances. Herbert has worked to use his talents for the betterment of his community and has been a mentor to young African-American males who come from the same background as he and share the same passion to break the cycle of violence and imprisonment that exists in New Orleans. With one parent dead and the other in jail, Herbert understands the importance of breaking statistics and stereotypes concerning black males.
Herbert has also worked diligently with Catholic Charities and within his church home St. Peter Claver Catholic Church to be of service to the marginalized population of New Orleans. He believes that he should use his talents to serve others. Last year he was recognized for his service by The Sierra Club. Academically, Herbert maintains a 4.01 GPA at Jesuit High School, the third-ranked school in Louisiana. He has also been recognized by the Consulate of Spain for his knowledge of Spanish. Additionally, Herbert has served as the president of his school’s diversity club to promote racial harmony and a respect for all cultures. Under Herbert’s guidance, Jesuit’s diversity club has gained the school the distinction of a No Place for Hate School.
Although many praise Herbert for his work, he believes that he has only been able to help others because of his support system. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” This quote by Mahatma Gandhi perfectly describes the life Herbert Spurlock is attempting.