Black Wall Street SOUTHEAST Brought Out DC Legends

Mr. Tyrone Parker, a retired serial entrepreneur and Executive Director of the Alliance of Concerned Men, crystalized the Black Wall Street message last night, particularly as he described how he passes the torch to the next generation of entrepreneurs and builders in Washington, D.C. and beyond.

Momma’s Safe Haven’s Beverly Smith has pulse of the community 

By Doni Glover

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 18, 2022) – At last night’s 10th Anniversary of Black Wall Street SOUTHEAST (SE), some bona fide iconic Washingtonians were honored. Honorees included:

*Karim Mowatt

*Tyrone C. Parker

*Angela Clemons

*Cheryl Maxwell

*Ms. Sandy Allen

*Ms. Louise Thorne

*Salim Adofo

*Tiffany Lancaster

*Glen O’Glivie &

*Eric Weaver.

To some, this may appear to be just a list of names, but au contraire. Take the last name listed, for instance. Prior to this event, I had never heard of Mr. Weaver. However, after a little education, I can share that he helps many people coming home from prison. Considering how disproportionately the Black community is over-represented in the American justice system, the work he does is so very meaningful. It is his job to help people who no one else will help. I don’t know about you, but I think that is extremely beautiful.

That’s character, you know? Doing something for those who will never pay you back and doing it for the right reason: because it needs to be done.

And then there’s Cheryl Maxwell. According to witness testimony last night, Ms. Maxwell is a powerful advocate for people in SE. She has a long track record of serving the people, especially those most vulnerable.

And that seemed to be the overriding theme last night: service.

Let me just say that to be in SE last night, a place that reveres Mayor for Life Marion Barry, is always warming to my soul. So, to be in the presence of everyday DC people who insist on making a difference in a place where many shy away from – I love it. Yes, coming from Baltimore – I love SE to the hills! The people are real – just like here at home. They have real issues and challenges, but many have real hope and goals. And at the end of the day, everybody has to eat.

Last night’s ensemble of community servants is a reminder to those out there toiling in the vineyard to not give up. If God gives you the vision, He will also give the provision. Facts!

Big ups to Beverly Smith, Executive Director of Momma’s Safe Haven, for once again pulling together the best and brightest at the Petey Greene UPO Center near Malcolm X and MLK. For those who do not know the wonderful works of Beverly Smith, she is a beautiful victor who helps empower people, beginning in her own community.

She is truly about the work. She practices what she preaches. I’ve always known her to be about the business of helping people and considering the caliber of last night’s honorees, it is very plain to see that she is loved by her community. I saw people who were very grateful to know her and appreciative of the resources she continuously delivers to the community.

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Momma’s Safe Haven works with more than 5,000 families in the District from sites in wards 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Where we see a need, we find a way to address it, with diverse programming in:

Community Support

  • Through the Healing Center, families receive grief and substance abuse counseling, participate in sexual abuse support groups, and receive family supports.

 Events

  • Momma’s Safe Haven started with a talent show, “DC Youth Has Talent” — a free community event and program designed to give youth a positive outlet and create opportunities for success. We build real relationships within families and among them through this and other programs, including field trips to amusement parks and elsewhere.

 Education and training

  • We give people guidance in taking charge of their own financial success through the “Black Wall St. in DC” and other programs. We teach families about nutrition and we are planning our first-ever “You Go Girl” Transformation Conference for fall 2020.