The No Justice No Peace Podcast is back with a new episode with Louisville, KY’s youngest elected official- Jecorey Arthur, who has been on the front lines for Brianna Taylor’s Justice! Jecorey “1200” Arthur is an award-winning teacher, musician, and activist from the West End of Louisville, KY. In June 2020 he was elected as Louisville’s youngest metro councilperson in history. He will be inaugurated January 2021, representing District 4 that spans from Louisville’s West End, East End, and Downtown. His career started when he used music-making to stay out of the streets at age 12, eventually going on to earn his master’s in music education by age 22 from the University of Louisville.
As a teacher he has served hundreds of thousands of children in Jefferson County Public Schools, Metro Community Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, and beyond. As a musician he has represented Louisville to an audience of half a million worldwide through collaborations with Switzerland’s Jungfrau Music Festival, New York City’s 92nd Street Y, and dozens of professional symphony orchestras. As an activist he has organized hundreds of community events with nonprofits such as Kentucky Performing Arts, City Collaborative, and Louisville Public Media, hiring thousands of local organizations, vendors, and artists, while managing over $1 million in funding. As a descendant of runaway slaves he has continued the tradition of finding freedom through his education, music, and organizing work — prioritizing service, stories and, struggles of Black American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS).
Jecorey is currently the Professor of Percussion Studies and Director of the ADOS Center for Social Justice at the HBCU Simmons College of Kentucky. He’s an artist roster member of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network and endorsed artist with Salyers Percussion. In 2019 he became a BMe Genius Fellow, using his cash reward to help open the Parkland Plaza, an outdoor gathering space in the neighborhood he grew up in. This space was opened in collaboration with Center for Neighborhoods, where he serves on their Board of Directors, and 1200®, the independent music agency specializing in compositions, performances, and events that Jecorey founded. You can follow Jecorey online at @jecoreyarthur!