Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
State Rep. Jewell Jones, a 21-year-old Inkster native, is an example of that advice.
“I think my parents really planted the seed when I was younger,” Jones said. “Just keeping me involved in the church and the community in general.”
On Jan. 1, Rep. Jewell Jones became the youngest black state representative — and youngest state representative — in Michigan history. Jones represents District 11, an area that is northwest of Detroit and Inkster.
“Essentially, we got into this for benefiting our community and making sure the community knows that we’re here to serve them,” said Javion Johnson, chief of staff for Jones. “We just want to make sure that we continue to stay focused on that.”
Jones also in the Army ROTC, NAACP, Black Student Union and Student Veterans Association.
“I don’t think it gets stressful. I don’t entertain negativity, and I don’t really like to deal with stress because it’s bad for you,” Jones said. “I kind of just look on the bright side of things and keep rocking and rolling because I realize this a great opportunity and there’s a lot we can do.”
Jones is hands-on in his social media presence. Almost daily, he posts a Facebook Live and an Instagram video.
These videos give an inside look at his everyday activities. He said the videos are intended to uplift his viewers. He ends each video with his signature, “Peace and love, and as always, #Holla.”
“Remember that anything is possible,” Jones said. “Remember to break barriers…just capitalize on everything and do your due diligence to make sure that you’re creating a pipeline, so that you can funnel other people through the same route that you’re taking.”