“To recognize the beauty in one another’s heart, fulfill our potential as transcendent human beings, and make the World a greater place to exist is many missions wrapped up in one way of life: believing that in kindness there is strength, and in the present moment lies the potential for infinite goodness. If I can expand and share this message with people during my lifetime, and exhibit it in my relationships, then I will be proud of who I am. Life is not easy, but it can be so wonderfully enjoyable when we work together. My art is an extension of what I want to see in my friends, family, and society—Nothing is impossible.”
As a spiritual student, spoken word artist, and political activist, Jonathan Moore recognizes kindness as strength in his life on a daily basis. Performing spoken word poetry in slam competitions for the past 2 years, at the age of 17 Jonathan is the newly crowned Youth Poet Laureate of Detroit. He has performed and competed with poets in slams organized by the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion and KIDS-TALK Youth Advocacy Program.Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Jonathan learned at an early age how ignorant and divisive young people can become if they are unenlightened about the power of love and kindness in their lives.A former Catholic and current lover of all people, he has since then dedicated his work to making his community, city, and nation a more safe, loving, and open place to be who we are as human beings.
Jonathan’s youth activism combined with his love of politics and human rights work led to thousands of new contacts being made by young, active volunteers from across Metro Detroit.
Currently, he is a blogger for National Youth Pride Services, a collection of some of the top youth leaders in the country, as well as, allies, supporters and friends who train, advocate for, develop and provide resources to African American LGBT youth in the United States. He plans to attend Harvard University in the fall of 2013 and to study Political Science, International Relations and social sciences.