The Former CNN executive producer is now using her tragic loss as motivation to help at-risk African-American males in Chicago through a scholarship foundation.
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The Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Foundation (ETSF) is a 501(c)3 that provides financial assistance to African-American male high school seniors in the Chicago-area seeking to attend a college or university. The foundation identifies young Black men who have been hurt by Chicago’s relentless gun violence. ETSF provides funding and male mentorship in an effort to educate, empower and encourage.
Bell spoke with Roland Martin on Friday’s edition of NewsOne Now about the foundation and the need to help young Black males who are teetering between doing something positive and getting caught up in the streets.
“[We’re not necessarily targeting] the boy who has the A average or the B average,” Bell said of the foundation’s goals, “[or] the boy who’s graduated. Maybe [we’re looking for the boy who’s] gotten a GED and needs some funding for a two-year junior college.”
Perhaps the young man needs help getting his barber’s license or funding to become a carpenter or welder, Bell continued.
“We all need to put in some effort — some sweat equity– into helping to pull these boys up by [the] bootstraps,” she said.
Bell told Martin, “Those people who killed my dad were ages 15, 19 and 21. So the very type of person who made that choice to take my father from me [is] the type of person I’m trying to help.”
Watch Roland Martin and Tenisha Taylor Bell discuss The Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Foundation in the video clip above.
18 Black Men & Youths Who Were Killed By Police
1. Trayvon Martin, 17Source:Getty Images 1 of 22
2. Jonathan Ferrell, 24Source:Instagram 2 of 22
3. Victor White III, 22Source:Instagram 3 of 22
4. Dontre Hamilton, 31Source:Instagram 4 of 22
5. Jason Harrison, 39Source:Instagram 5 of 22
6. Eric Garner, 43Source:Instagram 6 of 22
7. Omar Abrego, 377 of 22
8. Michael Brown Jr, 18Source:Instagram 8 of 22
9. Ezell Ford, 25Source:Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images 9 of 22
10. Dante Parker, 36Source:Getty Images 10 of 22
11. Kajieme Powell, 25Source:Instagram 11 of 22
12. Darrien Hunt, 22Source:Instagram 12 of 22
13. Jack Jacquez, 2713 of 22
14. Akai Gurley, 28Source:Getty Images 14 of 22
15. Tamir Rice, 12Source:Instagram 15 of 22
16. Ronald “RJ” Williams, 23Source:Instagram 16 of 22
17. Alton Sterling, 37Source:Instagram 17 of 22
18. Philando Castile, 32Source:Instagram 18 of 22
19. Gregory Frazier, 5619 of 22
20. Tyre King, 13Source:Instagram 20 of 22
21. Terence Crutcher, 40Source:Instagram 21 of 22
22. Keith Lamont Scott, 43Source:Instagram 22 of 22
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