DC Black Pride Leadership Award 2015
Keith D. Jones, Jr.
Keith D. Jones, Jr. is a native Washingtonian who is a public servant and social activist. Mr. Jones represented the gay student group at his alma mater Morehouse known as Safe Space in the student Senate where he was a member of implementing the first ever Safe Space week which included a National Day of Silence, book signing and reading by noted author Keith Boykin and a Queer Cafe. Mr. Jones was also involved with the Human Rights Campaign HBCU Summit as a participant and recently as a mentor. Mr. Jones has also participated in events held by the National Black Justice Coalition and the Mayor's Office on LGBT Affairs.
Mr. Jones currently works as the Deputy Director in the DC Mayor's Office of Community Affairs, Clean City Initiative where he started out as an intern in 2009. He briefly led the small agency for six months, increasing participation in their “Adopt-A-Block program by 50% and was recently recognized by Serve DC, the Mayor's Office on Volunteerism for his leadership in supporting and strengthening the “Love Your Block” Initiative, a $25,000 grant awarded to the city.
Mr. Jones has also always been involved in mentoring and tutoring young men of color. Prior to joining the DC Government, Jones was awarded a special fellowship as a summer school teacher at Excellence Charter School for Boys in Brooklyn, New York where he taught 5th grade English and reading. In addition, he has tutored and mentored dozens of students at schools in Atlanta and DC. He was recently recognized by the Episcopal Bishop of Washington for his work on the Episcopal Campus Ministry Task Force. He also also a board member of the Hope Foundation Re-Entry Network Group.
Mr. Jones is a valedictorian graduate of Friendship Collegiate Academy and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Morehouse College.
About the Award
The DC Black Pride Leadership Award is presented to Black LGBT community leaders, thirty years old or under, for outstanding leadership. More information about DC Black Pride Awards.