MEET THE FOUNDER
LaTanya Black has achieved remarkable accomplishments in the fields of certified life coaching, public speaking, and leadership coaching. Prior to this, she worked as a MN community health care worker, executive director, board vice chair, and national state ambassador for the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance (MNCHWA). At MNCHWA, LaTanya passionately advocated for disadvantaged communities to gain access to medical care and to reduce health disparities. In addition, she is the owner of Compassionate Care Services, a residential group home that offers daily assistance to adults living with mental health disabilities. Furthermore, she has created adult mentorship and internship programs to help strengthen leadership aptitude. Despite her impressive successes, LaTanya was not prepared for a life-altering tragedy that has had a profound impact on her and her family.
On June 13, 2020, LaTanya's world was forever changed when she found out that her 23-year-old daughter, Nia "Brooklyn" Black, had been shot and was being resuscitated by law enforcement. To honor her daughter's life and seek justice, LaTanya founded Mothers Against Community Gun Violence (MACGV), a network of mothers who have unfortunately experienced the loss of their children due to gun violence in the community. To raise awareness of the issue, she and the MACGV team organize peace walks, an annual walkathon, town hall meetings, and push for gun violence policy reform. Furthermore, they have worked tirelessly with community members and concerned citizens to shut down an establishment that was harming the community, with the intention of promoting public safety, growth, and prosperity.