MEET THE FOUNDER
LaTanya Black a Certified Life Coach, an expert in leadership coaching, and owner of Balanced Leadership Coaching (BLC), where she offers coaching, workshops, motivational speaking, and mentoring. She is also an MN Chapter International Coach Federation (ICF) member who provides virtual coaching sessions to individuals, groups, and workshops. LaTanya has served as the executive director and board vice-chair for a Minnesota organization and served as a national ambassador for front line public health care workers, created mentorship and internship programs, focusing on building leaders. She also founded Compassionate Care Services, a community-based residential group home that provides daily support to adults living with mental health disabilities.
However, despite those achievements, nothing could have prepared LaTanya for the devastation that has changed her life forever.
On June 13, 2020, she received a call from historical young ladies that law enforcement was attempting to resuscitate her daughter, a passenger in a vehicle where a single shot to the head ended her life as a result of community gun violence. LaTanya, a well-known community leader and dedicated healthcare advocate for under-served populations, could not believe that a tragedy of this magnitude had landed on her doorstep. She has cited saying, "Her daughter went into the community but didn't come out." Through this horrific life-changing devastation, LaTanya vowed to her daughter as rivers of tears flowed upon her daughter's life-less cheeks at the funeral home. She would fight with every inch of her being to get justice for who harmed and took her twenty-three-year-old baby girl's life.
Feeling hopeless and not knowing what to do correctly, banded together nationally and locally, where she created Mother's Against Community Gun Violence (MACGV), and there has been no looking back for her or her team of supporters! Through fighting for her daughter's perpetrator(s), ongoing gun violence policy work, peace walks, town hall meetings bringing awareness to community gun violence, and demanding the closing of establishments that are not healthy for communities. She and her team bring together mothers who share and understand the pain and hurt of losing their child to community gun violence.