Johnell Allen-Bey


Johnell Allen-Bey served 29 years in prison, but he never allowed incarceration to diminish his ability to improve himself and the ability to serve others. He is a passionate advocate for fighting against injustices. He prides himself as a voice of the voiceless.

Johnell’s motto is, “You’ll never be greater later.” Therefore, while incarcerated he founded the first college dormitory in the “Jackson Cooper Street facility” for inmates attending college in prison. He created a mentor tutoring program for inmates seeking their GED which boasts a 95% success rate. He also became a Scholar Writer for the State of Michigan through Jackson College.

Upon his release from prison in March 2018, Johnell continued to passionately serve others while creating successful businesses within his communities. Johnell is the Director/Co-Coordinator for the Flint chapter of Nation Outside, CEO and owner of Johnell’s Transportation, Co-Owner of J & J Home improvements, and partner of WJZZ radio station in Metro Detroit.

Johnell is a graduate of Spring Arbor University with a B.S in Behavioral Science. He received his associates degree from Jackson College. He enjoys Michigan football, loves music, and spending quality time with family (including 12 grandchildren) and friends.