Jaiya John, Maryland Member Since November 2008 Artist Statement Jaiya John is the founder of Soul Water Rising, a global HUMAN mission. He serves as a professional speaker; poet; author; and youth advocate and mentor. He has addressed over 200,000 youth and adults internationally, always with the intent of stirring the soul to remember itself. This work is truly his mission, ministry, and life. He has currently authored five books, including memoir, poetry, and nonfiction. Jaiya is a doctor of social psychology, and was a professor of social psychology at Howard University (1995-1998) in Washington, D.C.