Basheer Jones to Give Black History Month Keynote
February 03, 2014
ALLIANCE, Ohio – Basheer Jones, motivational speaker, spoken word artist and passionate leader, will give the keynote address for the University of Mount Union’s Black History Month events at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 6 in the Myers Sanctuary of Dewald Chapel.
Jones is emerging as a powerful and forceful voice in media and entertainment as he hosts a top rated radio talk show bound for national syndication. He became the youngest news talk radio show host at Radio One in Cleveland, OH. He has been interviewed by Time, JET and Essence Magazines and has been a guest correspondent on CNN, MSNBC and CSPAN.
Jones was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1984 and moved to Cleveland as a child. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and graduated cum laude in 2006 with a degree in African-American Studies. He later pursued graduate studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Jones hosted numerous Barack Obama rallies and held one of the largest youth voter registration drives together with Cornel West, LeBron James, Hill Harper and Russell Simmons, during the 2008 presidential election. During the 2012 presidential campaign, he became the regional field director for Organizing for America.
He is the author of I’ll Speak for Change and president and founder of The Basheer Jones Foundation. He is also a member of the NAACP and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He has received various awards for his accomplishments, including the Emerging Leader Award and Youth Pepsi Essence Award.
Through positive, encouraging messages, Jones promotes empowerment and change. He is a devoted community member who endorses the belief that we must “be the change that we want to see in the world.”