Mayo Makinde is a community advocate from Columbus, Ohio who attended Marysville High School where he was actively involved in football, wrestling, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the school band. He later transferred to the Columbus Public School system where he attended Eastmoor Academy High School. Mr. Makinde continued to excel and in 1998 he received his diploma.
Shortly after high school, Mayo began taking classes at Columbus State Community College. However, he was later recruited by Western Kentucky University to play football. In 2002, Western Kentucky won their first National Championship in the Gateway Conference. Mayo graduated from Western Kentucky in 2004, he received a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies (75% of his studies were geared towards Political Science).
Through the Democratic Party Mayo was hands-on with Democratic campaigns flowing through Franklin County. February 2005, he began volunteering for the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. It was at this juncture he gained insight and knowledge of the legislative branch and how policies develop from grassroots to becoming a bill. In 2006, he coordinated Barbara Sykes campaign for State Auditor, while assisting the Ohio Democratic Party with the African American Outreach and GOTV campaign. He was also seriously active in the local and state NAACP at this moment of his young life.
He joined organizations such as “Simba Nation” a youth mentoring program. In November 2007, the group traveled to Oakland, CA for the “The National Gathering of Justice for Youths Conference”; an organization initiated by Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover. He also runs a youth program called “Counseling and Encouraging Minority American Youth” where he teaches young people the pure fundamental skills of better decision making when faced with sex, violence and drugs.
In 2008, Mayo ran for the 27th Ohio House of Representative seat. Although he didn’t win the seat, he continued his community service. During that year, Mayo was selected to be president of the East Columbus Civic Association, where he partnered with faith based organizations to fight for change and equality.
During his presidency, he was able to negotiate with the City of Columbus to reopen the neighborhood recreation center after being closed for nearly two months. He also organized city wide efforts to clean up the neighborhood while soliciting City Council members to help assist in these community based efforts. Additionally, he partnered with the Columbus Public Safety Department and Neighborhood Pride in their annual ‘National Nights Out’. An event structured around a national call for neighborhood safety, where community leaders and homeowners joined the City’s Public Safety Department in learning new tips to prevent and fight crime.
While maintaining his political agenda, he continued the course of youth mentorship and advocacy to the community he lived in. Between 2008 and 2010, Mayo was actively involved in the following organizations; the Thursday Luncheon Club, one of the oldest Black clubs in the county; Men for the Movement, a support group for ex-offenders; Urban League Young Professionals of America; and Toastmasters International, where he was the vice president of public relations from years 2009 to 2010. His community advocacy record led him to receiving 2010 Kwanzaa Ujima Award, recognizing “collective work and responsibility in the community”.
His flexibility and willingness to move around at his day time job also earned him the IT Ambassadorship Award in 2011. Mayo also a Fellow and Graduate of 2011 class of Center for Progressive Leadership, a nine month national training program for progressive young leaders across the state.
In February 2012, Mayo joined the City of Columbus Green Team, becoming a Green Team Ambassador and where he travel around to city to community organizations to educate communities about the city’s new recycle program.
Mayo is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc. He was initiated through the Mu Iota Chapter, have served and continue to serve his chapter in the community including being the “Divine 9” representative for his Fraternity and recently was elected as the Keeper of Peace for the Mu Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He’s work with the chapter earned him the Brotherhood Award at the chapter’s 2013 Founder’s Day banquet.
Mayo was recently employed by the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services for 8 years. He moved to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office mid October 2014, where he worked as a Correction Record Officer. This was position responsible for the slating-in and releasing of inmates at the county’s main jail. In April 2015, Mayo moved to the Corrections Service Coordinator position at Jackson Pike, where he was involved in the supervision of inmate’s laundry, visitation and jail control room phone calls.
Today, Mayo manages his property investment business where he believes “every family needs a home”. In addition, he is the Executive Producer of his own business, “Black Water Productions.” He hosts a 2 hour radio show about news and politics called “Global Views” on the Internet station, Afrikka Radio, which airs on Saturdays from 10 am – Noon.
Mayo still stays in touch with his passion for the community by serving on the Brentnell Recreation Council, a community component of the City of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department. He served as a vice president from August, 2010 until February 2015, however is still a member today and uses the center for his recreational activities.
Mayo continues Living Legends, a NGO he founded in 2005 to seek out opportunities to bring about change through mentorship, advocacy and special event planning. He is indeed a pillar in his community!