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April 22, 2014. New York, NY— When a person makes the decision to use his or her journey in life as an anchor to shepherd their community and speak on behalf of the voiceless, he or she has made the decision to be a leader.
DeShuna Spencer—social activist, motivational speaker and Founder/Publisher of emPower magazine—is that leader. On April 10, she was honored during the National Action Network’s (NAN) Executive Director’s “Who’s Got Next” Reception as a fearless advocate in her efforts to empower others.
Held during NAN’s Annual National Convention in New York City at the Sheraton Hotel, young professionals who have made a commitment to social justice and civil rights were applauded for their efforts. NAN’s Acting Executive Director, Janaye Ingram, recognized the work Spencer is doing in the community.
“DeShuna Spencer is one of those innovators who fuses the use of technology and [creates] opportunities for action,” Ingram said. “emPower magazine is not only an outlet that focuses on the issues within the Black community, but gives readers ways to be involved in addressing those issues. It’s a new way to create and build momentum and DeShuna needed to be recognized for her work in creating this type of outlet.”
NAN’s annual national convention brings together influential leaders in civil rights, government, labor, business and media to focus on pressing issues facing our nation and works on concrete ways to achieve Dr. King’s dream. Spencer’s recognition as a young and rising community leader is a reflection of her tireless efforts to raise awareness about the social plights facing those in underserved communities. A leader of change and a leader of hope, Spencer is dedicated to providing a platform to create change in her community.
“I’m truly humbled and honored to receive this award from the National Action Network,” Spencer said. “I started emPower magazine with just $5,000. It was my dream to marry journalism with justice. My goal is to continue on my journey to empower my community and to use the power of the media to bring social justice issues to light.”
In addition to emPower magazine, Spencer is the Founder/CEO of Liu Karama Productions, a multimedia company that produces socially-conscious content and products (online magazines, e-books, web shows and documentaries). Recently, Spencer launched her own radio show, emPower Hour, on WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington, DC. Spencer uses her multimedia platforms to highlight stories about the state of our generation and offers an opportunity for her audience to understand how they can become a part of the solution.