Founded by Elijah Coles-Brown: Motivational Speaker, Social Justice Activist, and Entrepreneur
I was born on February 10, 2004, in Norfolk, VA to a struggling, single, 41 year old, mother. I also have a brother 14 years my senior. Early in my life, my mother said I showed early signs of accelerated growth. I started reading and writing complete sentences at the age of 3 years old. I also read about 20 books a day. At the age of 3 or 4 years old, my mother suffered with major medical issues. I showed great compassion and love for my mother, never leaving her side. When attending kindergarten, my reading level was on a 4th grade level. My kindergarten teacher said that I encouraged my classmates by making classwork fun. I love the Lord. That is my foundation. Because of my upbringing I believe it takes a village to raise a child. I attend 31st Street Baptist Church in Richmond, VA where I serve on the Youth Usher Board, as a Youth Usher and on the Media Ministry. I believe that God is first in my life. I also believe what my mother has instilled in my life. Love who you are, Work hard at everything you do, Be honest, Helping others, Love your family, and always be the best that you can be. My mother believes in educating me outside the home by making sacrifices so that I will be well rounded, by traveling to different countries so I can understand different cultures and respecting everyone’s differences. I enjoy cultural events, museums, Broadway plays, and musical events that will continue to educate me. I am a 9th grader, and I am attending J.R. Tucker High School, in the Spanish Immersion Program. My reading is on a 12th grade level and my math is on a 10th grade level. I love to volunteer. I volunteered the phone bank for both of President Obama’s campaigns (2008 and 2012), I've volunteered for Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign, and worked with Richmond's Mayor, Levar Stoney. In April of 2014, I volunteered for Councilwoman Sharon P. Scott of Newport News’ campaign and was asked to return and introduce her when she won the election on May 6, 2014. I have also volunteered for various other organizations. On August 24th 2013, I attended the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where I participated in the marches. I ended up doing my first speech when I was asked by the youth minister of 31st Street Baptist Church to recite the full text of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech on Dr. King’s Holiday. I memorized the speech in about 2 weeks. Since that speech I have been invited to speak in different venues throughout the nation. I would love to continue to encourage people about the importance of the Civil Rights Movement and other famous people in history that do not get the attention that is well deserved. Through, motivational speaking and activism, I hope to change that and become and hope to inspire my peers and the young at heart about the importance of reading. This is what inspired my company, and thus Dreamers imagine was born. Under the umbrella of DreamersImagine, I have formed DreamersImagine Productions where I take historical figures, and produce stage plays which accurately recreate history on stage for educational purposes. I am the executive producer of a DreamersImagine Production titled Freedom Day, which is based on a Frederick Douglass Speech titled, "The Present and Future of the Colored Race". I want to be an Engineer and I am a member of NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers). I was the President of the Nubian Village Chapter of NSBE from 2016-2017. In August of 2014 I made my acting debut, performing as the Greek muse of music, "Euterpe” in a theatrical production honoring the late R&B soul singer Minnie Riperton entitled “Vivacious.” I have also participated in a James Brown play titled "I'm Black and I'm Proud, The Soul and Spirit of James Brown. Also, I have been in Abolitionist's Museum at the American Theater in Hampton, VA. It's about 8 abolitionists deciding whether to burn or preserve the Confederate flag. I also was an extra in the Major Motion Film, "Loving". I was in the Richmond Free Press as Personality of the Week in October of 2015. In July 2016 and 2017, I volunteered for the National Park Service by walking in the National 4th of July Parade as Frederick Douglass. Also, in July 2014, spoke to the Knights of Pythagoras, which is the young black men mentoring program for the Prince Hall Masons. I spoke for their summer encampment at Virginia State University. In September 2017, I had the honor to teach students at Old Dominion University, and assist Professor Crystal Nolen with her Public Speaking 101 class and Persuasion 300 class. It was also an honor to work with the great filmmaker, James Kicklighter. I also had the honor to work with the filmamaker, Natasha Scully, from the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. I have also spoke at many other different venues including: At the 2015 National NSBE Convention, in Anaheim, CA (in front of 10,000), and I've also been to the 2016 National NSBE Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. On October 30, 2016, I had the honor to introduce the 44th President, and the first black President of the United States, President Barack Obama, on a national conference call. On December 10, 2016, I participated in the National Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest in Washington D.C, and placed first in the Junior High division. I had the honor to speak at Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network Convention in New York City in April of 2017 and 2018. In October of 2017, I spoke at the Being Fearless Conference at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. In November 2017, I decided to take more initiative in the Civil Rights Movement by becoming the Vice President of the Richmond Chapter National Action Network. In 2017, I placed 3rd in the Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest. In August 2018, we had the 1,000 Backpacks Campaign, where we donated book bags, school supplies, and clothes to people all around the Richmond community. In September 2018 through October 9, 2018 I co-hosted a new TV Talk Show titled "Youthful Voices for 5 weeks. I've also had the opportunity to mentor children in the KidPrenuer program in August 2018. I've spoken at multiples churches and organizations, At the VEA/NEA Put Kids First" Rally, At the Children's Museum of Richmond, The Virginia Executive Mansion, Virginia Department of Transportation Career Expo in Hampton, VA, Governor McAullife's Transportation Conference in Virginia Beach, VA, The Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, The NAACP State Conference, University of Richmond, the NAACP March for Justice Event at Virginia Union University, Halifax Community College in North Carolina, the Democratic National Convention held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania via Skype at a watch party in Richmond, VA, The Anacostia Playhouse in Washington D.C for the 199th Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration, Petersburg Train Station in Petersburg, VA for Petersburg Communities Inc., Burley Middle School in Charlottesville, VA, Charterhouse School in Richmond, VA, WeActRadio 1480 AM in Washington D.C, AllEyezonDC in Washington D.C, spoke and marched at the Thousand Ministers' March For Justice in Washington D.C sponsored by Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network, spoke at the Being Fearless Conference in Rhinebeck, NY, spoke at Bryant and Stratton College in Hampton, VA, Delver's Women's Club, at the Virginia Genreal Baptist Convention Youth Camp, the Virginia Rules Camp (which was sponsored by VA Attorney General Mark Herring and the Richmond City Police), along with multiple TV and radio interviews and appearances, and more!
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