Healing hearts and building community among survivors of gun violence

Ayesha Walker co-founded BE-IMAGINATIVE, a collective that works towards healing Black and brown communities through multidimensional storytelling. Myra Jones is a founding mother and the beloved mother of Diante Jones, who lost his life to gun violence. During this free-flowing conversation between the two, we hear insights from their journeys, losses, pain, connections, and ultimately, what it means to smile and laugh once more when they felt like they never would be able to again.

About the speaker

Ayesha Walker is an exceptional mother, social entrepreneur, artist and teacher. She is an alchemist, creating opportunities for herself, family and community to transform pain into passion and empathy into action. She is the co-founder and CEO of BE-IMAGINATIVE, a collection of artists, healers, and community leaders who are dedicated to healing black and brown communities through creative storytelling. Ayesha is an agent of change, with a background in youth development, nonprofit organizations, as well as over 15 years of experience in media production, brand development, and performing arts. She has a history of working in secondary and post-secondary education.

Ayesha has founded several programs of multimedia including Youth Radio’s multimedia youth training program, UCLA’s multimedia department within the Community Programs Office, and Richmond California Preparatory Academy’s digital media course. She began her career in photojournalism at Youth Radio in 2005. She has covered photographic essays from the Democratic National Conventions, Women’s Leadership Forum with keynote First Lady Michelle Obama, to the First Lady Michelle Obama’s very first commencement speech at UC Merced and so much more. In 2008, she became the youngest member of the Richmond Arts and Cultures commission. In 2012 Ayesha became President Barack Obama’s Delegate for the democratic party. She currently sits on the advisory board of POWR, which has a mission to provide educational services and products for children, youth and adults, to help prepare them for success in a rapidly changing world. She obtained her B.A. in World Arts & Cultures from the University of California in Los Angeles.

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