Basheer Jones to Give MLK Jr. Keynote

January 12, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Week, motivational speaker Basheer Jones will present his keynote speech as a call for action on social injustices at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 21 in Presser Hall at the University of Mount Union.

Jones, a speaker and leader known for his passionate messages toward empowerment and change, was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to the city of Cleveland during his youth. After his graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in African American Studies, he pursued graduate studies at Howard University in Washington, DC before returning to Cleveland.

Following his return to Cleveland, Jones became the youngest news talk show radio host at Radio One. In 2008, he hosted several Barack Obama rallies and held one of the largest voter registration drives in the city. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Jones became the regional field director for Organizing for America and the Democratic National Committee. Jones continued his dedication to the community in 2013 when he ran for City Council in Ward 7 in Cleveland’s election.

In addition to his passion and commitment to community, Jones has emerged as a powerful voice in the media. He has been interviewed by Time, JET and Essence Magazine as well as having served as a correspondent on CNN, MSNBC and CSPAN. He has published a book titled “I’ll Speak for Change” and is founder of the Basheer Jones Foundation. He is the creator of the Be the Change Leadership Series, a program that promotes leadership development workshops throughout school systems in the state of Ohio.  Jones has also been awarded with the Emerging Leader Award from Congresswoman Marcia Fudge and the Urban League’s Distinguished Men Award and is a member of the NAACP and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Mount Union also celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Week with a campus-wide day of service sponsored by the University’s Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. On Monday, January 18, students and community members are encouraged to participate in a variety of service projects offered throughout the Alliance Community. To register as a volunteer, visit prior to Thursday, January 14 or sign up the morning of the event. For more information on MLK Day of Service, contact Abby Honaker at (330) 204-4663 or at


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