Shonda Renee Rushing is a writer, poet, co-host of the Road2damascus podcast, and creator of the Clean Your Soul class. She has been in ministry for over 20 years. She was born in Jackson, Mississippi and attended Tougaloo College, a small private HBCU, where she majored in psychology to understand human behaviors and thought patterns. Being born in the South in the early ’70s, fresh off Jim Crow laws, gave her a keen sense of racial disparities. Attending Tougaloo College, which was established on one of the largest former slave plantations in central Mississippi, gave her a keen sense of self-awareness. Standing on campus one day while staring at the auction blocks with shackles still attached where former slaves were bought and sold helped shape how she would see the world and understand how the world would see her. Shonda has stated that, “We are only 56 years removed from Jim Crow, yet we are experiencing the same pathological traumas. There are different techniques, but we are creating the same experiences of pain and poverty and passing them on to our children. Though they are not wearing shackles anymore, instead they are wearing fancy sneakers, that pain is the same. Becoming a mother to black sons and raising them in this climate is what made this uncomfortable conversation, and my first book, necessary.”
S. Sharron lives in Michigan and has two children. She has always had a passion for helping youth/adolescents and has served as a youth pastor, big sister, and mentor to many over the years. The poetry of Nikki Giovanni and Dr. Seuss inspired her early in life. She lives by the motto, “Love, light and laughter”.
Ketrick Jordan is the proud father of a daughter, Maya Jordan, whom he loves dearly. He has an associate degree in criminal justice from Remington College in Dallas, Texas, where he received recognition for starting the Victims Impact Panel from the Criminal Justice Club in 2011. Ketrick volunteers his time by engaging in motivational speaking to trouble teens at alternative schools, churches, and, at times, the Juvenile Justice Center. Additionally, he sets up water stations for the Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure. Ketrick desires to start his own organization to provide resources and accessible housing for individuals with different abilities. Meanwhile, his focus is to inspire youth and adults with disabilities or different abilities who have been affected by either criminal activity or bad decisions to know that through all the pain and physical limitations, life still can be lived to the fullest through perseverance.
Reginald J. Staten lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife, Zaneta, and their three children. Reginald grew up in Metro Detroit, MI. From early on the couple focused on establishing a family legacy while fulfilling their life’s purpose. As time progressed, Reginald recognized God’s direction for he and his family’s lives and used business experiences to advance God’s Kingdom. He quickly developed a devotion and strong attachment to God’s heart for people. He now spends his days developing his family legacy with his wife along with helping others express their faith in today’s 21st Century environment. Reginald’s passion is developing communities among believers, helping them uncover their talents and gifts, and creating wealth to fulfill their family’s desires.
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