Basheer Jones is an impassioned leader, motivational speaker, and spoken word artist with a positive message of empowerment and change. Born in Brooklyn, NY on October 25, 1984 and later transplanted to Cleveland, OH as a child. He graduated Cum Laude from the distinguished Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA in 2006 with a degree in African-American Studies. He later pursued graduate studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Basheer understands that true success is giving back, which is why he decided to move back to Cleveland, OH, where he became the youngest news talk radio show host at Radio One. Basheer has been interviewed by Time, JET, and Essence Magazines, and has been a guest correspondent on CNN, MSNBC, and CSPAN. Basheer played an important role in the city of Cleveland during the 2008 Presidential Election by hosting several Barack Obama rallies and held one of the largest youth voter registration drives in the city. He later became the Regional Field Director for Organizing for America and the Democratic National Committee during the 2012 presidential campaign.
Basheer’s dedication and commitment has enabled him to publish his first book, entitled, “I’ll Speak for Change”. He is the President and Founder of The Basheer Jones Foundation, as well a proud member of the NAACP and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He has received various awards and recognition for his accomplishments including the Emerging Leader Award from Congresswoman Marcia Fudge and the Urban League’s Distinguished Men Award.
Basheer’s indebtedness and passion to serve his community propelled him to decide run for City Council and win in Ward 7 of Cleveland’s 2017 election. He is the creator of the Be the Change Leadership Series, in which Basheer facilitates leadership and character development workshops within various school systems throughout the state of Ohio.
With his compelling, soul-stirring delivery, Basheer continues to bridge the gap between the youth and the elders by sharing his life experiences with words that inspire and motivate all who hear him. His dedication for speaking on behalf of the voiceless has allowed him to travel throughout the country and international circuit delivering his inspirational message of hope and change. Mr. Jones is a devoted community servant that strives to live by the affirmation that we must “be the change that we want to see in the world.”