THE RUFUS AND JUDY JORDAN LITERACY PROJECT
The Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project was started to honor the memory of Cam's grandfather, his "Pup Pup," Rufus Jordan.
In its first phase, the project aims to continue Rufus and his wife Judy’s legacy of spreading a love of reading, learning, and education across our region by installing Little Free Libraries in under-served communities throughout our region. The Literacy Project will have a special emphasis on social justice, racial equality, financial literacy, and life skills.
Rufus, a life-long Pittsburgher, was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His greatest joy was his family, and you could always find him with a grandchild (or two or three) on his lap. Perhaps the most precious gift he passed along to his children and grandchildren was his absolute love of learning. He began his day with a newspaper in hand, and ended his evening with a book on his nightstand.
Nicknamed “The Professor” by many who knew him, Rufus dedicated his professional life to education — and access to quality public education for all children. He first served as a teacher at Carrick High School and then as a founder and Vice President of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT), a position he held for more than 35 years. His wife, Judy, was a Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher for over 30 years, first in Homewood and then in Squirrel Hill.
The entire Heyward and Jordan families thank you for your support in honoring our “Pup Pup.”