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Alicea Davis is influencing positive social change as the leader of the March Forth racial healing and reconciliation movement. She established a racial healing holiday in her city of Pontiac, MI on each March 4th because the date commands us to march forth towards unity. She is working to spread this new holiday across the nation. She has been recognized as one of nine women making Black History in 2019.

She is the Founder and CEO of Friends of Reconciliation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding the Detroit Metropolitan area and America in racial healing. She also owns Esteem Builders Productions, Inc. an entertainment company that uplifts and inspires using the performing arts. Her vision has been named as one of four remarkable Black entrepreneur journeys.

Davis is also a spoken word poet that is listed on PeopleMaven’s list of Fantastic Public Speakers. She began writing poetry in her childhood and has been successfully creating work for over 25 years. The motivation to bring light into our world is what drives her passion for creating projects that can help to heal and empower others. The Detroit-native writer has shared her passionate messages by being featured on a variety of television shows, radio shows, public schools, college campuses, churches and more.

Davis is also an author. Her first book, The Sky Is Not The Limit: A Book Of Empowering Poetry, is a compilation of her thought provoking poetry which inspires its readers to transition from the darkness of fear into the light of trust in multiple areas of life, it encourages the exploration of one’s infinite potential. Her words creatively expresses her passion for human progress and challenges others to embrace their unique individuality.

Davis has recently released her second book, From Hatred To Healing: Eight Racial Reconciliation Poems. This body of work offers much hope as it takes readers on her journey of healing from her hatred that she describes as a deep mistrust due to racial injustice. Readers are moved by Davis’ determination to find inner peace and acceptance. This book can help to positively change one’s heart and perspective as well as improve race relations in America.

Alicea is also a talented visual artist. Viewers of her paintings identify with her abstract and symbolic images. Her powerful illustrations and original concepts communicate deep truths and emotions that words alone cannot convey, as they connect with people from all walks of life.

Davis attended Wayne State University in Detroit, where she majored in Business. Her creative gifts were mostly “self taught” accompanied with private lessons from artist that teach at her local art college. She loves traveling with her wonderful husband, Benjamin. She is a devoted member at Auburn Hills Christian Center.

Where did the idea for your company come from?

I wanted to do more than inspire racial healing and racial reconciliation. I aim to actually unite those who stand for unity. Many people have been moved by my poetry and art work but I perceived that others needed more tools to help transform their lives. I didn’t want to just point those who desire change in a certain direction, I wanted to create the space and opportunity for others to connect with like minded individuals and to shed light on the multitudes of people who are not represented in the polarized racial narrative. These people are friends of reconciliation who will help bring positive social change in their spheres of influence.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

My schedule varies from day to day because I am directing the many moving parts I oversee as a poet/artist and entrepreneur. Thursdays I dedicate to painting. I am usually writing throughout various moments of each day, whether it’s poem, a quote, or an idea to grow my business. The evenings I spend with my husband.

How do you bring ideas to life?

It is really helpful to learn about different strategies and components that may relate to your idea and customize your approach to fit your vision. You will be surprised at how many standing principles can transfer over to something new.

What’s one trend that excites you?

More and more people are getting tired of the counterproductive ways many people have been trying to achieve positive social change. This brings us closer to implementing solid solutions!

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

Sometimes just stopping to listen to my favorite song can give me a boost of energy to keep going. I am not a coffee drinker nor do I drink energy drinks but I maintain productivity by having a deep sense of purpose on the forefront of my mind.

What advice would you give your younger self?

I would tell my younger self that she can actually do whatever she puts her mind to and that it is not just a cliche.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

A lot of people in my faith based community think that the world is about to end. I think that our current challenges are positioning us to rise humanity higher. We are approaching an era where the ancient virtues of kindness and grace will be a standard in demand.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

I look for ways an initiative can fail in order to aid in success. Although I am a very optimistic person, I do know how to prevent certain failures by pretending to be a critic.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

Meeting the felt need of my audience has helped me to grow my business. Content is the king in my industry and it is important that we speak a language that can become a bridge between where the consumer is and where they want to go. Meeting this need helps to decrease the frustration people often experience as they work on inner change.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

When I first started speaking on racial reconciliation in 2006 a lot of people thought we were living in a post racial society. When Barack Obama was elected as the 1st black President some of my clients stopped scheduling me for their events. I knew the country needed deeper healing so I did not give up. Now the need that we have for racial healing is greater than what I imagined back then.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

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What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

I recently bought a spare Bluetooth for my cell phone. If I happen to misplace one or if the battery dies I can easily stay hands free throughout my day.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?

I love the memo app on my smartphone! I can just pause and jot down thoughts and ideas that are easily accessible.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Experiencing God by Henry T. Blackaby because entrepreneurship requires great intuition. This book helps us to seek inner guidance.

What is your favorite quote?

It is not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. -Lena Horne

Key Learnings:

  • Do not give up on what you have to give.
  • Problems in society are opportunities to bring out the best in humanity.
  • You can make your multi-talents cohesive by connecting them to a cause.

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