Long time Roxbury resident and community activist, Mimi Jones, was on the front line as a “foot soldier” in the Civil Rights Movement as a youth in her native Albany (Southwest), Georgia. As a teenager during the height of the Movement in the 1960’s, she pursued and engaged in direct action to confront and challenge racism, segregation and discrimination with extraordinary valor and unwavering commitment.
She was involved in a myriad of grassroots organizing and social and political change campaigns waged by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In many instances, her youthful engagement resulted in being jailed with extreme charges such as trespassing with malice, breaking of the peace, and conspiracy. This engagement has helped to inform and form the tapestry of her livelong commitment to racial and social justice.
After desegregating and graduating from Albany High School with top honors, she travel to New England to attend college and subsequently settled in Roxbury where she has lived with her husband, John, and where they raised their son, Gervase. Her professional career has involved extensive tenures with Action for Boston Community Development, The Massachusetts Department of Education in Postsecondary and Vocational Technical Education, School Business Partnerships, School Restructuring, as well as non-profit management with Technology for Social Change. Currently, she consults with non-profit organizations in Development and program assessment and evaluation.Mimi's Bio