On Saturday October 18th the Grassroots Media Justice Tour Landed in Houston Texas, after starting in North Carolina and moving westward through the south. The tour brought media makers together to speak and present media being used to promote social justice. Jesse Muhammad, who joined the tour in Florida gave the concluding speech of the evening, talking about his life and the work he did as a correspondent for the Final Call newspaper making the story of the Jena 6 a household phrase and sparked a social movement. For more information on the event check out:
Energetic, inspiring and effective are just some of the words audiences have used to describe the writings and messages delivered by writer, news reporter, artist, publicist and photojournalist Jesse Muhammad. Brother Jesse, a native of Houston, Texas, started contributing to the Final Call Newspaper in 2004 and was appointed as its Southwest Regional Correspondent. In 2005, after receiving rave reviews for his reporting on stories that mainstream media tends to over look, he was appointed as an official Staff Writer for the FCN, which is the only national Black-owned newspaper. Since that time, he has gained worldwide recognition for his consistent coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the continuing struggle of its survivors. In 2007, he was credited with bringing national and international attention to the case of the "Jena Six", and helped to mobilize the 50,000 plus attendees to the historic "Jena Six" rally in September of that year. He has been a featured commentator on various television and radio shows in Houston, New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Louisiana, and as far as Ghana.
His writings are now read in many print and online newspapers and magazines throughout the world. In 2007, he became the co-founder and editor of For Youth Teens and Young Adults (FYTYA.com), which is a Houston based newspaper that highlights the accomplishments of high school and college students. As a member of the Nation of Islam, he has served in the youth and information departments. He is also the representative of the Ministry of Information for the Houston Millions More Movement Local Organizing Committee.