Jehmu's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Destination Unknown

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Los Angeles, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 1

  • ON DVD:

JEHMU GREENE

Executive Director
Rock The Vote

“When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer would be that I wanted to make a difference.”

INTERESTS:

Music Politics

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Character Passion Values Opportunity

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a cause I believe in

TAGS:

country music, helping people, impact, protesting, protests, public service, senator, social movements, the system, volunteer, voting

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When she was five, she wanted to be the first black senator from Texas.
  • Always had an interest in politics, always had an interest in music; grew up in Austin, Texas, the “live music capital of the world.”
  • After college, she worked on political campaigns and started volunteering with Rock the Vote.
  • Says Rock the Vote covered all of her interests; she actually registered to vote with Rock the Vote as a teen.
  • Thinks that public service is the most direct way to affect positive change, which has always been her calling.
  • Always said if she’d been old enough during the Civil Rights era, she’d have been out protesting; now she has to prove she’s “really about it.”
  • Says that Rock the Vote appeals to so many people because music brings people together.
  • Believes that aspects of “the system” are broken, but they can only be fixed through more participation, more voting.

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