Speaking at churches, schools and leadership conferences is how Mr. Jesse Cole has been reaching out to young men to empower them to reach their greatest potential. If you are a YouTuber, you may have even seen one of his powerful videos where he connects with young men through colorful yet insightful stories about coming up as a young athlete overcoming the challenges of urban living. But no matter how young men hear his story, the outcome is usually the same; they feel encouraged and inspired to walk like a king.
Mr. Cole feels that collaboration and intergenerational engagement is essential to personal growth and cultural development. This mindset is what guided him to the notion of bringing mothers and sons together to make a greater impact in his leadership development initiative. As he contemplated how he could best support the mothers or queens of his young kings, he remembered an author who was making a profound impact on the lives of women in Detroit. Versandra Kennebrew, author of Thank God for the Shelter was also a self-improvement teacher and would be the perfect partner for an empowerment session designed to improve communication and create healthy bonds between moms and their sons. Through this collaboration, Queens of Kings was born.
According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (April 2011) , the U.S. had 25.8 percent of children being raised by a single parent, compared with an average of 14.9 percent across the other countries. In the African American community, 72 percent of Black children are raised in a single parent household. These alarming statistics reveal the need for support for single moms as they work sometimes multiple jobs and hold down the home front. Jesse Cole and Versandra Kennebrew believe their real-life messages of love and compassion for self and family will resonate with moms and their sons. The tools and resources they will share will continue to build their healthy relationships long after brunch is over.
For more information about Queens of Kings: A Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch, visit www.queensofkings.eventbrite.com. For more about Mr. Cole and his leadership training programs visit www.onethousandkings.com.