We conducted another successful #ProtectOurYouth discussion in Memphis, TN on September 16th.
This is our 4th instance of this series, and it was a special one! As announced in January 2018, we formed an international partnership with The Man in the Mirror Project (TMITMP) based out of London, England. TMITMP provides a private, online forum that supports disasporic males who been victims of ABUSE. TMITMP also helps to raise awareness about abuse amongst the Nubian community.
Well, TMITMP arrived in the United States on an unprecedented tour; and teamed with Left Foot Forward to host a community event to discuss our partnership and the services that we offer. The event also featured a screening of TMITMP's documentary as well.
Many of Memphis' own community activists, educators, entrepreneurs, and artists came out in support. As in typical fashion, we had an amazing discussion amongst ourselves about this pandemic in our communities. We were so pleased to have so many in the building to support our "boots on the ground" efforts to protect our communities from abuse and raise awareness of the issue as well!!! #ProtectOurYouth and #EndChildSexualAbuse.
This past month was an exciting one for our organization!
First, our founder - Jasira Olatunji - served on a panel with several other distinguished guests to discuss Birth Control Access: Sterilization and Coercive Practice in the State of Tennessee. Specifically, Left Foot Forward was asked to speak to the question of what sexual behavior looks like for young people who have been exposed to molestation, incest and rape at an early age - and the benefits of having access comprehensive sexuality education and all types of birth control. Many thanks to the SisterReach organization for including Left Foot Forward in on this very important topic and for showing how child sexual abuse ties into other social issues in our communities.
As if that wasn't exciting enough, we found out that our founder was nominated for an Activist Artist award by the Mtenzi Awards Foundation. Our founder received a Shero Award from the Stone Awards (also sponsored by the Mtenzi Awards Foundation) in October 2017 and is most appreciative for being recognized again for her work in the community to stomp out child sexual abuse.
We conducted another successful #ProtectOurYouth discussion in Memphis, TN on March 31st. This is our 3rd instance of this series, and for the first time - we performed a screening of the movie Mississippi Damned. After the movie screening, a powerful discussion was held by members of the community who have committed themselves to being "boots on the ground" with Left Foot Forward as we fight to #ProtectOurYouth and #EndChildSexualAbuse.
This particular #ProtectOurYouth instance was co-sponsored by Terrance Wilson Enterprises, founded by Bro. Terrance Septepenra Wilson. For several years, Bro. Terrance has been an advocate in this fight against child sexual abuse via working with our organization.
Check out our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OurLeftFootForward.org) or our Instagram page (@ourleftfootforward) to see all of the pics from the event.
If you would like to have a copy of this movie, please email us at info@OurLeftFootForward.org.
We received the SheRo award the 2nd year in a row at the 23rd Annual Stone Awards in Memphis, TN on October 20th, 2018.
Though the recognition is always appreciated, we are still sobered by what garnered the recognition - our fight to protect our children from child sexual abuse.
A perfect world wouldn't need this. But, that's not the world we live in...and until that fight is won, we will remain boots on the ground to #ProtectOurYouth and #EndChildSexualAbuse!
Left Foot Forward is proud to announce an international partnership with The Man In the Mirror Project (TMITM), led by Bro. Suraj Odekunle.
TMITM Project provides a private, online forum that supports disasporic males who been victims of ABUSE. TMITM Project and also helps to raise awareness about abuse amongst the Nubian community.
Specifically, Left Foot Forward will assist young males, under the age of 18 that are located in the United States, who have been or are currently experiencing abuse.
Visit https://www.tmitm-project.com for more information about this awesome project!
Since Day 1, Left Foot Forward has always promoted healing through the arts. Our organization was recently asked to serve as an information vendor at Memphis' monthly event: Artistik Lounge. We were so excited for the opportunity!
What better way to get our message out than to also combine it with a method of healing that we primarily support, provide, and promote?
Besides setting up a table and speaking to those in attendance, our founder also had an opportunity to give a 5 minute speech about Left Foot Forward and child sexual abuse as well.
Many thanks to Shahidah Jones, Tameka Greer, Brandon Tolson, and DJ Siphne Aaye for the opportunity!
Check out our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OurLeftFootForward.org) or our Instagram page (@ourleftfootforward) to see all pics from the event and to watch the video of our founder's speech at the event as well.
Left Foot Forward was recently interviewed by Shania Brown on her local Memphis TV talk show "Keeping It Real With Shania."
Who is Shania Brown? One of Memphis' rising stars and most influential youth. We were pleased that she invited us on the show to tackle such a serious topic, an epidemic that children her age and younger are facing.
Check out our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OurLeftFootForward.org) or our Instagram page (@ourleftfootforward) to see all of the pics from the interview.