Richard Reid Jones, 22, has been a resident of Georgia their entire memorable life, since the age of 3. Reid attended Pre-K at Open Arms Christian Child Development Center, Bullard Elementary School, McClure Middle School, and Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, GA. They have a younger sister named Anna who attends Allatoona High School.
On their mother’s side, both Reid’s great grandfather and grandfather worked for NASA, and their uncle was a U.S. Marine. Jones also comes from a long line of working women; their great grandmother was a teacher, and their grandmother and mother work in investments at Edward Jones. On their father’s side, Jones’ grandfather was a train engineer for CSX until retirement, their grandmother was a retail jeweler and a poet, their uncle is one of the longest living survivors of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and their father is a data server architect at FirstData, and has formerly worked for the Weather Channel and as a government contractor for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations with IBM.
Jones started writing for Moviepilot, the world’s largest Facebook conglomerate at the time, at age 15 as a freelance journalist specializing in Marvel films. By 2015, Reid was being flown to Hollywood to work as press for the red carpet premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and whose social influence of more than 11 million article views was noted by the Associated Press. Moviepilot was supportive of Jones’ advocacy for representation in media and particularly in superhero films, and took heed of the significant audience such advocacy brought to the site. Black Panther and Captain Marvel were announced months before Avengers: Age of Ultron’s premiere and debuted Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman on the Marvel Studios red carpet, where Jones got to meet their idol and living legend, Stan Lee.
Reid Jones working press at the red carpet of Avengers: Age of Ultron
Jones began a petition for the removal of the Confederate flag on Kennesaw city property following the violence such iconography inspired at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, VA. The petition garnered local, national, and international press attention to the State of Georgia’s complicity in protecting these monuments from removal by the cities of which they reside under penalty of state law. Georgia law also details the state flag to resemble a former Confederate flag and prevents changes to Stone Mountain Park including the removal of the Confederate flags at the base of the mountain and to document the site as the birthplace of the 2nd Ku Klux Klan, the most violent iteration of the domestic terrorist organization, a fact many park-goers remain unfamiliar to despite its connection to the Confederate carving. Jones remains a prominent voice in the efforts to depict historical monuments in a manner that is respectful and considerate of all Georgians, including collaboration with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Taking inspiration from Stan Lee, Reid is experienced as a print production worker, having worked with gay-owned printing companies Prima Flyers and Creative Approach in Atlanta for two years while pursuing the study of political activism independently. Reid has been involved with Belong.LGBT, a peer coaching group aimed at providing LGBTQ+ people with queer mentors and role models that match their own interests and goals, and spoke at the unveiling of the #TooBusyLovin’ mural at the rainbow crosswalks in Atlanta on behalf of the organization and the need to protect local LGBTQ+ youth spaces and representation in media.
Reid Jones is an active member, moderator, and page-running administrator for Blue Revolution, a national social media community of more than 71,000+ democratic voters, an early administrator for Things Brian Kemp Found Out Yesterday, a statewide community of more than than 33,000+ dissatisfied Georgia voters, and the founder of Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Club, a Georgia-based voting rights fan group with more than 8,000+ members and a founding member of Sunrise Movement Atlanta. Jones is also assisting with social media as an intern at the LGBTQ+ Institute at the National Center for Civil & Human Rights.