BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
Jewell Jones made history this November, when the 20 year old African-American college student from the University of Michigan- Dearborn became the youngest person to become a member of the Inkster, City Council.
Despite only being 20 years old, Jones has over a decade of experience, helping to improve his community.
Jones stated: ” My parents would drag me around to different things in the community. I was very involved in my church. Serving the people in this capacity has always been pretty natural for me.”
The last few years, Jones has become more political, he helped in the political campaigns for Michigan State senator David Knezek (D) and Inkster’s Mayor Hilliard Hampton.
Besides being a fulltime college student and helping in political campaigns, Jones somehow finds the time to also get involved with several on campus organizations, which includes the Army ROTC, Black Student Union and Student Veterans Association.
Jones plans to graduate in 2017.
Senator Knezek told Huffpost: “We need more Jewells on politics across the country. We need more young people who won’t simply settle for sitting on the sidelines complaining about how others are running things.”
As a member of the city council, Jones objectives are to improve public safety, foster economic growth and improve the city’s park and recreational services.
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