By Natasha L. Foreman
A few weeks ago I was put into contact with an incredible young woman by the name of TaNisha Fordham who shared her mission and vision for Shaw University that is tied together neatly in her letter below. I share it with my readers in hopes that someone will want to help rebuild Shaw University. I know that in the current aftermath of the most recent tornadoes that devastated Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and parts of Virginia your mind may not be on Shaw University, or maybe it will be. Maybe you or a loved one attended Shaw and you want to reach out, get the word out, and help.
Read TaNisha’s letter and then please share this post with others:
We have to take care of each other.
These are the only words that express my deepest sentiments in the wake of the tornado that devastated the campus of Shaw University.
Shaw is a Historically Black College and University. Shaw is one of our own. As a graduate from North Carolina A&T State University and a resident of Greensboro, N.C., I know that those students could have so easily been me. I remember a storm late one night, my sophomore year. I was so scared – so far away from home. I didn’t have a clue about what to do in the event of a tornado. Hearing that a tornado ripped through Shaw’s campus reminded me how blessed I truly am and although no students/faculty/staff were injured in the tornado or aftermath (praise God), I have an overwhelming desire to help in relief/rebuilding efforts.
Hence, why I am messaging you. I was planning to start a tour this fall for HBCU students. The tour was going to feature a play that focuses on sex – how it has been misused and tainted by society/media. This is a serious issue that is plaguing many of our students, our people. It is not only a physical matter. It is spiritual, mental, emotional and in many instances it is distracting students from their purpose and potential.
As a former Miss NCATSU and Miss NBCAHOF I feel charged, personally, to move forward in this effort and re – guide my initial thoughts in terms of layout.
I am hoping to do this tour as a fundraiser for Shaw University as well as an awareness raiser about the prominence and power of our HBCUs. My vision is to find sponsors that would allow us to tour HBCU campuses – free of fee, allowing us to simply ask the various universities to donate money for the rebuilding and rejuvenation of one of it’s “sister” Universities – Shaw.
Please, any assistance is appreciated. If you are willing to sponsor (personally or through your business/organization), if you know a company/business that would be willing to sponsor, if you are willing to give your personal endorsement, if you are willing to host the tour in your city, if you are willing to donate money towards one of the specific tools that will be needed to make this happen, if you are willing to assist in anyway, at all – it would be genuinely appreciated and a huge blessing.
We are a family. We are a family in God. We are a family in pride. We have a rich, strong legacy that is OUR responsibility to uphold. We have students, on our campuses, struggling daily to find their own voice – I was that student months ago (we’ve all been “that” student at some point). Genuinely, I ask you please help in anyway you can see fit. I am going to attempt to contact the Tom Joyner Foundation and if you have any other suggestions I’m opened to them.
Prayer for Shaw University and the many students, across the nation on all our HBCU campuses is the best help one can offer. In addition to the prayers that I know we are all sending up – please – help me to make a difference, with God on our side!
Thank you, thank you, thank you – a thousand times over for your help. Any further information you may need from me, I’ll be more than happy to provide!
THE FOLLOWING VIDEOS GIVE AN ADDITIONAL GLIMPSE INTO THIS PROJECT:
SUPPORT SHAW VIDEO
THE SEX TOUR VIDEO
All of God’s Love,
TaNisha Shavonne Fordham
Founder and President
Enlightened Visions, Inc.
Copyright 2011. Natasha L. Foreman