Jones Discusses the Power of Students at the 2nd Annual Not Another Statistic Conference
November 11, 2009
Basheer Jones, Cleveland radio personality, motivational speaker and political activist, served as the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual Not Another Statistic Conference that was held on Mount Union College’s campus on November 6-7.
The 2009 conference, “Manifesting the Inner You” was co-sponsored by Mount Union’s Black Student Union and Baldwin-Wallace College’s Black Student Alliance. The event touched on a variety of topics – diversity issues, multicultural motivation and intercultural communication.
In his speech, Jones explained that he believes that students are the individuals that need to push to make change in the world. He asked students to ask themselves what they were fighting for because their anger should be put to use to create some type of positive change.
“Organizations have been led by young people, like the NAACP, and people have put their lives on the line for us,” said Jones when explaining that young people can and have made changes. “Stop thinking you’re powerless!”
He explained that nobody will listen until students organize, rally and most importantly speak out. “Only in numbers will people actually listen to you,” said Jones.
In conclusion, Jones noted that “people should not be afraid of the system, the system should be afraid of us.”
Jones is actively involved in the Cleveland community, serving as a member of B.R.I.C.K (Brotherhood, Respect, Intelligence, Conduct, and Knowledge) community service group, a committee member of Spiritual Affairs for the Student Government Association and as public relations director for Muslim Student Association. He has also been named one of Cleveland State University’s Great African American Men and Cleveland Life Magazine’s Twenty-Five Leaders of Tomorrow.
A fireside chat took place on Friday and the students attending the conference had the opportunity to go bowling that night at Super Bowl of Alliance.
Workshop sessions including “Building My Legacy: Mentorship,” “The Gap of People of Color and the Gay Community,” “Hip Hop Activism and Actualization,” “The Skill of Code Switching: Do you have it?” and “Next Step, College Grad… What now?” were held all day on Saturday, followed by a social mixer.