Most times when people hear the terms “physically imposing”, it conjures up images that are far from flattering. In fact, it sounds downright intimidating, ruthless, even menacing. However, the average person doesn’t need to feel so threatened when you hear the story of someone who has a commanding presence in the community, especially when it comes to being a positive presence in light of the challenges that those in our community face, especially young people.
The only thing more commanding than Darius Wimby’s presence is his heart and dedication in providing a measure of service and outreach to students in grades k-12, along with his higher education peers. Born in Atlanta, raised in Decatur, and a graduate of McNair High School, “Big D” as he is affectionately called has had a steady presence in nearly every arena he has entered. As an alumnus of Georgia State University, he earned his BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Journalism and certificate in event production and trade shows, his work with campus entities ranging from Georgia State’s NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council, a collective of the predominantly Africa-American fraternities and sororities) and other document his excellence in the field.
However, after graduation, something called him to serve an even greater role and higher capacity.
“Something always drew me to education. I recall the challenges I faced, as well as the success I had given the support and encouragement of my mother, family, teachers, and others”, recalls Wimby. “I realize that every young person doesn’t have that kind of support system, so I knew I had to do my part in enriching the lives of young people”.
As a result of his call, he is now pursing his masters in education, and he isn’t just limiting his work to just the “four walls”. As Future Foundation’s College for All coordinator, Wimby is responsible for programming for students in grades 7-12 related to multiple aspects of the college process (i.e. applications, funding, and other critical information). He is an active member of the Stone Mountain-Decatur chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., he takes on even more roles related to the education of young people, ranging from volunteering at Sagamore Hills Elementary School (as part of the chapter’s Sigma-Beta club), to serving as a speaker for the L.E.A.D. Foundation’s Alpha Leadership Program.
He also serves as his chapter’s director of education. His responsibilities includes serving as the chaiperson of his chapter’s scholarship program (the James Weldon Johnson scholarship is for graduating high school seniors, and the A. Langston Taylor scholarship is for college sophomores) and serving as the chairperson for the chapter’s upcoming scholarship banquet on Saturday, December 17th, as they recognize their scholarship recipients, educators of the year (via the George Washington Carver Educational Award for those in k-12 and higher education), and others who are committed to making a positive difference in their communities.
Darius Wimby’s professional and civic endeavors are clearly aligned with his fraternity’s focus of “culture for service, service for humanity”. In the classroom, as well as outside of the classroom, Big D isn’t the nickname for someone who has a commanding physical presence (at least 6’6″ tall); it is more about the heart and dedication of someone who cares about his community and the development of the young people he knows is his charge to serve.