(HARLEM – June 28, 2018) – Bmorenews.com returns to New York this Friday for Black Wall Street HARLEM 2018 at Amy Ruth’s (6-7:30p). This is our 7th consecutive year doing business networking events in New York City.
In short, The ORIGINAL Black Wall Street SERIES *NYC *MD *DC *ATL *NOLA was first established in Washington, D.C. in 2011. We celebrate black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race. To date, we have recognized hundreds in 5 US cities: New York, Baltimore, Washington, Atlanta and New Orleans. Honorees receive the Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award by Joe Manns Awards and trophies located in Gwynn Oak, Maryland.
The awards are named after Joe Manns because of his philanthropic spirit and willingness to help support our efforts to celebrate entrepreneurship
Honorees include Iesha Sekou. She was nominated by New York City community icon Mr. Victor Pate. RSVP to https://blackwallstreetharlem2018.eventbrite.com.
WHO IS IESHA?
Iesha Sekou is a South Bronx native and the founder and CEO of Street Corner Resources Inc., a not for profit 501(c)(3), founded in 2007.
Street Corner Resources’ mission is to help young people by providing greater access to real employment, education, training opportunities, and other resources to improve their lives and stay away from gun and gang violence. Iesha encourages the use of innovative methods to challenge youth to improve their lives. She facilitates life shaping workshops such as “Rekindling the Inner Spirit to Succeed” and “To Be or Not To Be” -an anti-gang workshop.
Iesha’s responsibilities with Street Corner Resources include managing the Cure Violence Anti-Gun Violence program. Street Corner Resources is one of 18 Cure Violence sites throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Cure Violence stops the spread of violence in communities by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control – detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals, and changing social norms around violence.
Congressman Charles Rangel proclaimed her a visionary whose work has made a significant impact on the Harlem community. She is a DYNAMIC, powerful motivational public speaker and is one of the premier New York advocates encouraging youth to eliminate Gun and Gang violence. Ms. Sekou is known for deploying her network and media savvy effectively in rallying with political and community leaders in every borough of New York City, and in Chicago and Washington.
Iesha Sekou graduated from Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach Florida, receiving her BA Degree. Sekou’s career began in education, which explains her relentless enthusiasm to uplift and empower young people. Recognized as a prolific advocate, Iesha is most often found interfacing with youth, with a focus on helping to eliminate gun and gang violence.
Her honors include:
Last year, Governor Cuomo reached out to Iesha and Street Corner Resources, Inc., for advice on creating the toughest gun laws in the country. In addition to spending countless hours at rallies and press conferences denouncing violence, or advising prominent leaders, you can also find her facilitating panels around the city, working to raise awareness of the ills of urban youth violence.
Reverend Al Sharpton named Iesha Sekou as Anti-Violence Coordinator for the National Action Network.
NYPD has routinely invited Iesha Sekou to address its new recruits on community respect and interaction.
Iesha Sekou is a member of the New York State Department of Education Blue Ribbon committee to create policy in legislation to ensure the success of African American and Latino males in the public school system.
Iesha’s knack for public speaking doesn’t stop at community advocacy. Her persuasive personality and unique skill for motivating at-risk-youth, has proved invaluable in successfully turning many, who would have otherwise been deemed irrecoverable, conscious, law-abiding young adults.
“We must give young people an outlet to redirect their energy,” is what you can hear her say on any given day. In conjunction with Harlem Renaissance High School, the Street Corner Resources I AM Peace studio was erected. It has become a safe-haven where young people go to discuss everyday issues that constantly plague inner-city youth. The studio also serves as a place for youth to safely gather and create positive-driven music through self-expression.
Iesha works tirelessly to help today’s youth believe in their own greatness, despite the negative images they are bombarded with on a daily basis. As founder of Street Corner Resources, Inc., Iesha encourages the use of innovative methods to challenge youth to improve their lives.
Iesha is documented in Columbia University’s Activist Women Voices, highlighting her work with young women and her efforts to assist them in avoiding teen pregnancy while acquiring a better self-image. She is also the host of Street Corner Resources LIVE, a community affairs radio show which airs every Monday from 8-9 a.m. on WHCR 90.3 FM.
In her down time, Iesha enjoys reading a good book, writing, listening to music, traveling and talking with elders in the community.