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Exploring Life & Business with Moon Glasgow Brown of Zekes Freedom Foundation and Black Pockets

Today we’d like to introduce you to Moon Glasgow Brown.

Hi Moon, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am a Black queer mother, a spouse, a poet, activist, organizer, a healer who is healing, a free-spirited soul that is unapologetically proud of who I am. I was 19 years old by the time I became a mother to three amazing daughters. I was told that I wouldn’t amount to anything, that It would be impossible for me to succeed. I was in a marriage that didn’t fit my identity, my needs, or my goals in life. Despite the fact of being a young mother I aspired to change the world and leave a legacy.

I came out to my daughters first when they were really young. I tried my best to explain to them who I was and where my life was heading which meant big changed for them. The disheartening part was that people began to tell them that I was a bad person because of my identity. I fought through that and began to become unapologetically myself in any space. I struggled my way through school, work, and raising them. My first major was theatre and I was chastised for that choice because “I had kids and that’s not a lucrative career.”

Theatre arts has always been a passion of mine. I was extremely engaged in the program as well as forensics in which I won several championships. After I received my associate’s, I decided to take up psychology on the theory that theater portrays human behavior, psychology studies it. That brought me back to community organizing, which I had previously engaged in. Through years of working with people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, hate crimes, trauma, abuse, and systemic oppression I saw a disconnect in services specific to Black LGBTQ+ individuals and communities.

While services were offered, they were not inclusive to the very specific needs of my community and funding came from sources that did not align with supporting my community. That led my partner and I to create our own organizations. One that provides products and services that support Black individuals and businesses with marketing, funding, networking, business education and healing services. and one that facilitates supportive services for Black Queer and Trans communities.

Outside of that, I serve as chair of KCMOs first LGBTQ Commission, a member of the KC Star Anti-racism accountability board and a member of the national ball house of Alain Mikli. If you were to tell me I’d be here at 19, I wouldn’t have believed that I would be able to survive and thrive working for myself.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There have been several struggles I’ve faced to get where I’m at today. There are several barriers that exist for Black queer young mothers who are survivors living in poverty.

We’ve been impressed with Zekes Freedom Foundation and Black Pockets, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Zekes Freedom Foundation was founded to create spaces of Black love, healing, and joy with the purpose of uplifting our community and centering our advocacy and activism around Black Queer and Trans individuals and communities. We do this by offering workshops, retreats, groups, outreach and education, and events that focus specifically on healing and transformative justice. Our community experiences a disproportionate amount of harm, trauma, and violence with very little or no resources to actually unpack that. We have built out four programs to engage community in healing.

Finding our feminine-a healing group to unpack internalized responses to toxic masculinity and misogyny, transform harm into purpose and power, and deepen relationships with one another as we facilitate healing by nurturing the balance of masculine and feminine energies.

Finding our Foundation-A community accountability and transformative framework that addresses trauma and violence without causing more harm within community by developing collective based responses that transform oppressive dynamics by actively engaging in the process of accountability and healing.

Finding our Free-A healing retreat to facilitate spaces of self-preservation, self-love, radical self-care and revolutionary healing for Black trans and queer leaders.

Finding our Fuse- A healing retreat for partners that want to focus on repairing and rebuilding their relationship by unpacking past harm, identifying trauma and triggers, recognizing barriers to trust and support, opening lines of communication, and reconnecting on a spiritual and intimate level.

Black Pockets rooted in Black “Wellth” services that support the overall wellness; financial, physical, emotional, and spiritual, of Black (with a special focus on Black LGBTQ+) individuals, communities, businesses, and organizations. We provide consultation services in the forms of marketing, business support, network building, and healing services.

Black Pockets believes that through shared knowledge, resource mobilization, leadership development, relationship building, support, and radical healing we can build collective power of Black individuals, communities, businesses, and organizations.

Black Pockets envisions a revolutionary movement of Black individuals, communities, businesses, and organizations working together towards collective liberation.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
I think most of my inspiration comes from the community. I am fortunate enough to be a part of a Black Queer, Trans, Femme led collective which houses three organizations (One being Zekes Freedom Foundation) that wraps me in love and support. Healing is a constant journey and while it does happen in solitude, it also happens within relationships and community.

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