Damorion Page is an IU sophomore majoring in management and minoring in entrepreneurship with a focus in finance. While focusing on his studies at IU, Page finds time to dive into several other ventures.
“In all of my endeavors, I feel like it’s important to always remember where I came from and the obstacles I endured to get where I am,” Page said. “It’s also important that I remember my peers that have either died or fallen during my transition from a boy to a man.”
During his time at IU, Page has been involved in the Groups Conduct Board. He recently joined Black Collegians, a newly formed group at IU that focuses on effectively getting Black voices recognized politically and within campus affairs. Damorion is their social media marketing co-chair.
“I try to stay involved on campus not only to make opportunities for my people, but to create a sense of community as well,” Page said. “I was taught to be the change that you want to see.”
Page is a traveling musician, playing the keyboard for small venues and churches all over Indiana. He was raised in a Black Church of God in Christ, which molded his profound musical ear and organ skills. Page said musicians from his hometown have invited him to write on a gospel music album at Anderson University. He is also working on facilitating a musical clinic with some singers at Lighthouse Community Church in Bloomington.
“I am always practicing and learning new music,” Page said. “When I’m not playing Ricky Dillard and ‘Melodies from Heaven,’ I enjoy composing smooth jazz, and neo soul. It’s not unusual to hear me playing Jodeci after hours.”
Along with his musical interests, Page is an avid railway enthusiast. For about four years, he has been writing a book on the history of Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis railways. Page said some of his articles on these railways have been published in various railroad magazines and periodicals.
Page studies Michael Agar, who is an anthropologist at the University of Maryland. Page mentioned two statements from Agar that resonated with him: “Culture is no longer just what some group has; it’s what happens to you when you encounter difference,” Agar said. “Culture changes you into a person who can navigate the modern multicultural world.”
A sense of culture and community is very important to Page. He is grateful for the investment that his hometown community had on him.
“Through all of the figures who have had an impact on my life, the greatest piece of advice that I have received is to ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all things will be added onto you.’ (Matthew 6:33) I am a very ambitious person, and I have found that this scripture assures me that as long as it is right, those things that I desire will become mine with time,” Page said.