I want to applaud Virginia for going out to the polls and exercising your right to vote, and realizing how important it is to use your vote as your voice! Good job getting out to vote Virginia!
Dear Website Visitors, I want to thank everyone who came out to the first meeting for the Richmond Chapter of the National Action Network! I also want to congratulate the new officers of our chapter. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, December 2nd, at 31st Street Baptist Church located at 823 North 31st Street, Richmond, VA 23223 from 12pm-1pm. I encourage everyone to come and join this movement! You may join at any time, and if you are interested in joining, please contact Brenda Coles at 804-426-6308. A Richmond Chapter National Action Network Facebook Page, Twitter, and Instagram, will be coming soon. We have exciting plans coming for this chapter which will include promoting our youth, and activities that will follow the National Action Network mission statement of "promoting a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender."
No Justice, No Peace!
CONTACT: Brenda Coles
804-426-6308 or email:email@example.com
Dear Family and Friends, I spoke at Halifax Community College in North Carolina, for their P.R.I.D.E Men to Men Summit. At this summit, I spoke to 450 youth in middle school through college, about being your brothers keeper. It was such amazing an amazing experience. After I spoke, we broke out into a Q&A session that I facilitated, and had about 100 middle school kids in participation with me. The questions that they had for me were insightful and encouraging, and I am so glad I was able to inspire those youth, as much as they said I did. The youth were nice, embracing, and accepting towards me and I appreciate all of the nice things they said to me, because it truly tells you how much they understood my message, and how thankful they were for it. I want to thank HCC for inviting me, and I hope I will be able to participate next year. Thank you and Peace and blessings.
This is who inspires me!
Juneteenth Freedom Day Production
I want to personally congratulate Richmond Mayor Elect, Levar Stoney, for being elected as the next Mayor of Richmond, VA. I know that he will do great things for the Richmond community, and that the Richmond people will live in a city, where they can feel safe and loved. Remember; You can't spell Levar without RVA!
I had the amazing opportunity to be featured in a new Hillary Clinton campaign ad! That's an amazing honor! Please check out the ad down below! I also got the chance to speak to President Obama on a conference call with thousands of Hillary Clinton supporters! Here's the link:
Dear Website Visitors, the Demonstration to Legislation Conference in Washington, DC was a success! All of the democratic legislators came to Capitol Hill to support this conference, and were able to discuss how we can turn peaceful demonstration and integrate the fight for justice into the legislative process!
Dear Website Visitors, on October 11, I attended the Sharpton Symposium, in order to examine the magnificent work and the impact that Reverend Al Sharpton has done for communities around the nation and around the world. His dedication, love, and care for the unity and equality of the nation is incredible, and I'm glad that we were able to celebrate his work and what he has done! Peace and blessings!
Dear Website Visitors, on September 30, I spoke at the "Caught In The Crossfire" Domestic. Violence and guns in communities of color, Community Empowerment Forum. This was an honor, and I want to thank Richmond City Police Seargent Carol Adams, of the Carol Adams Foundation, one of the organizers of this event, for inviting me to speak at this event. This event was about the recent gun violence that has been occurring recently in the city of Richmond. It gave our community a chance to come together as a community, to discuss the violence in our communities, and about conflict resolution. We were able to stand against the violence in this city and discuss suggestions of how to curb gun violence in communities of color.
It was an honor to be able to speak for
Frederick Douglass' 199th Birthday Celebration
Governor McAullife's Transportation Conference
Minister's March for Justice Interview by Roland Martin!
"To encourage kids the importance of early education, youth development, leadership, and to inspire kids that they have unlimited possibilities when they Read, Dream, and Imagine."
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Dear Website Visitors, I wanted to first say, that I was very humbled by being allowed to have the opportunity to speak to the Democratic National Convention. It was truly an honor to be able to participate in an event like that, and I am thankful for this blessing from God.
I would like to thank Professor Crystal Nolen at Old Dominion University for inviting me to her Public Speaking 101 and Persuasion 300 classes, to share my tips and tools of public speaking with her students
I spoke at the Charter House School, on Wednesday February 8. It was such an awesome experience, and I want to thank my peers at the Charter House school. Keep Dreaming, keep Believing and keep Achieving!
Dear Website Visitors, on February 4, at the Children's Museum of Richmond, located at 2626 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220 at 11 AM, I staged a production on the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom". Also at 1 PM, I staged a production on Frederick Douglass titled "The Present and Future of the Colored Race of America" It was a great experience, and I hope I will be able to do it again! It was a history lesson for all!
It was an honor to be able to speak at Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network (NAN) Convention in NYC
It was truly an honor to be the Keynote speaker for the 2017 MLK OBSERVANCE DAY! Thank you all. Peace and blessings!
Dear Website Visitors, I am blessed to have the opportunity to announce, that I am the subject of a new documentary called "Being Fearless", by the Omega Institute out of Rhinebeck, NY. This film is being done by filmmaker Natasha Scully! This documentary is an opportunity to show how profound and necessary dialogue, contemplative wisdom, social justice activism, and the handling of my experiences have left me where I am today, and to show how I have used those in order to have navigate through the times in which we live at this current moment, and how I have turned tragedy into triumph! The introductory video to the documentary is below for you to watch! It was also a blessing to be a part of the "Being Fearless Conference" from October 13-15, in Rhinebeck, NY at the Omega Institute located at 150 Lake Dr, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. The Omega Institute is a holistic institute that infuses peace and mindfulness into it's many programs! The Being Fearless Conference was an opportunity that invited many speakers, such as myself, to talk about how we can infuse mindfulness into social justice. I want to thank the Omega Institute for inviting me, because it provided me an opportunity to learn about how mindful I am, based on the teachings of the many wonderful speakers that attended the event. Many different issues that are concerning our nation were addressed such as race, politics, and climate change. For those of you, who would still like to view the conference on demand, the conference is an on demand event as well! For $5, you get access to the full conference on demand, and all of the dynamic speakers that come along with it. Make sure to visit the link down below, in order to pay the $5, and get the entire conference on demand through December 14!
Dear Website Visitors,
It was an honor to be able to have participated and spoke at the Ministers March For Justice. As a 13 year old, I am so glad that I was able to be in attendance for such a prolific march, that brought people of all faiths and religions, races, cultures, and economic backgrounds together to march for the rights of all people, to send a message to this administration, that we can all come together to stand our ground, and to fight against the injustices that have occurred, especially enlightened of what has happened in Charlottesville. It was not a moment; it was a movement. That was only the beginning! We will continue to fight for our civil rights, our voting rights, our social justice, and the equality of the people of this nation. As a millennial, it is my duty, and the duty of the other millennials, of this nation, to continue to carry the torch for justice, to continue to carry the torch for freedom! It is our time to carry that torch from people like Reverend Al Sharpton, from people like Reverend Jesse Jackson, from people like Martin Luther King III, and from everyone who have continued to fight since the grassroots civil rights movement, and carry the torch of those who have passed on. This march was monumental towards our fight, and if we are going to continue to fight, we must have more marches, just like this! This may have been a first, but this will certainly not be the last! I will continue to march on those front lines for justice, and though we may not be at our destination yet, I know that we are certainly not far! We shall overcome!
Peace and Blessings!
**Note: Using the play/pause button, you can stop and resume the music at any time
It was an honor to have been invited to Governor McAullife's Black History Month Reception hosted at the Virginia Executive Mansion
It was an honor to be able to teach a creative writing class at Bryant and Stratton College, in Hampton, VA, and have the opportunity share the different aspects of business with the students.
My dream is to be an engineer. Please visit my NSBE page!
I was the President from 2016-2017 of the Nubian Village Chapter!
1. Glory by John Legend Ft Common
2. Blessed by Charlie Wilson Ft T.I.
3. You Gotta Be by Desree
November 4- We will be holding the first meeting for the Richmond, Virginia's chapter, The meeting will be held at 31st Street Baptist Church located at 823 N 31st St, Richmond, VA 23223, from 12-1 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
November 14- I will be speaking at Bryant and Stratton College located at 4410 E Claiborne Square, Suite 233, Hampton, VA 23666
December 2- We will be holding our next Richmond, VA Chapter National Action Network meeting at 31st Street Baptist Church located at 823 North 31st Street, Richmond, VA 23223 from 12pm-1pm
December 9- I will be participating in the National Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington D.C., located at 1411 W St SE, Washington, DC 20020
December 16- I will be the keynote speaker for the Delver Woman's Club's 28th Annual Breakfast of Prayer and Celebration at Cedar Street Memorial Baptist Church located at 2301 Cedar St, Richmond, VA 23223 at 9 AM
January 6- We will be holding our Richmond, VA Chapter National Action Network meeting at 31st Street Baptist Church located at 823 North 31st Street, Richmond, VA 23223 from 12pm-1pm
January 14- I will be speaking at Sharon Baptist Church located at 500 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222 to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday at 10:30 AM.
January 15- The National Action Network will be hosting a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 AM at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel located at 1127 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington D.C 20036.
February 3- Dreamers Imagine Productions will present the Freedom Day Fundraiser at 31st Street Baptist Church located at 823 North 31st Street, Richmond, VA 23223 from 5pm-7pm. Tickets for the production will go on sale soon!
National Action Network Annual Convention in New York, NY: Date and Time- TBA
August 14- I will be speaking a Kinetic Orientation at the Image Restaurant Bar and Lounge located at 1713 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223 at 6 PM
August 28- I will be participating in the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington along with Reverend Al Sharpton and over 1000 ministers that are participating in the march
September 1- I will be an assistant in teaching a speech class at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA with Professor Crystal Nolen
September 16- I will be participating in the Emerge-Preneur Convention at the Four Points by Sheraton Richmond Airport in Richmond, VA
September 21- I will be participating in the National Action Network's Action and Authority Reception at 300 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington D.C.
September 30- I will be participating in a Carol Adams Foundation event at Martin Luther King Middle School located at 1000 Mosby St, Richmond, VA 23223 for the Caught in the Crossfire Community Empowerment Forum at 11 AM. The event is free to the public.
October 11- I will be attending a symposium to examine to historic impact that Reverend Al Sharpton's Activism has made in communities around this nation and around the world. This event will be taking place at Colombia University's Graduate School of Journalism located at 2950 Broadway., New York, NY 10027 from 9 AM to 5 PM.
October 13-15: I will be speaking at the Being Fearless Conference at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY with Cornell West, Van Jones, Bill Moyers, Amy Goodman, and others as well.
October 29- I will be speaking at the Hampton Convention Center for the Hampton NAACP Lifetime Awards Banquet located at 1610 Coliseum Dr., Hampton, VA 23666 at 3 PM