Tanesha Ash-Shakoor, J.D. originally from Hollister, North Carolina, moved to Lansing, Michigan after a relationship almost cost her – her life. She moved to Michigan to attend Thomas M. Cooley Law School. During that time, she discovered that her passion was advocating and serving those who had experienced domestic violence.
The Founder & Executive Director of Voices of Color, Tanesha Ash-Shakoor, J.D., was given the opportunity to experience first-hand how her testimony could affect the lives of victims and survivors. Upon sharing her testimony at a church service one Sunday, a woman in the congregation began to scream. It was the sound of purpose going forth and a woman being released from thoughts of suicide. This woman indicated that after the service, she had planned to commit suicide because she saw no other options after being abused and buried alive.
Revelation: That is when Tanesha Ash-Shakoor knew that the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse that she had once endured had to come out and go forth. She could no longer choose to be silent, knowing that her survival wasn’t a mistake. She could no longer allow the enemy, that silenced her for over a year, to defeat her. It was time to change her thoughts. She began no longer to see herself as a victim but a survivor.
Moving Forward: It didn’t happen overnight, and oftentimes she got ahead of what God had purposed for her. Brainstorming and praying led to the creation of Voices of Color. She began speaking out wherever and whenever she could—freely offering her testimony and an ear to those who wanted to share their testimonies.