Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Rasheedat Fetuga
Mother, teacher, mentor and internationally acclaimed activist, Rasheedat Fetuga is a visionary with a revolutionary style of leadership and activism that transforms communities through self-empowerment, creativity, healing and love. A birth, adoptive and surrogate mother of too many children to count, Rasheedat embraces her divine gift for loving and protecting children and has dedicated her life to doing just so. Rasheedat is the founder and CEO of Gideon’s Army, a grassroots army for children eliminating the root causes of the prison pipeline. With a reputation for powerful grassroots action, Gideon’s Army embodies a new way of organizing that is both powerful and strategic. In collaboration with Davidson County Juvenile Courts and Metro Nashville Public Schools, Gideon’s Army is currently spearheading one of the most innovative, community-based restorative justice models in the country while leading the only youth-led grassroots initiative to end youth violence in Nashville. Rasheedat is a prolific speaker and trainer on youth issues, education, social justice, transformative organizing and restorative justice.