Queen Mother Delois Blakely: Harlem’s Street Nun

Delois BlakelyA woman of compassion and caring, Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely champions the aspirations of women, children and youth. She criticizes mankind for the economic injustice that has degraded billions of lives worldwide and champions’ education, basic business training, microcredit, entrepreneurship, and “heart” as potential solutions.
A Community Fellow {1981-82} at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology {MIT}, an Education Policy Fellow {1982-83} of the International Education Leadership {IEL}, a Fulbright Scholar in Tanzania and Nigeria {1984-85}, Queen Mother Dr. Blakely received two Master of Education Degrees, from Harvard University {1982} and Teachers College, Columbia University {1983} and a Doctorate of Education Degree from Teachers College {1990}. She graduated from the Franciscan Handmaids of Mary College in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Religious Studies. She has published scholarly and popular books and articles on self-reliance, education, recreation and culture.

In 1995, Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely became Community Mayor of Harlem, the first woman to hold this office. Queen Mother Dr. Blakely was appointed “The Community Mayor of Harlem” by the Chief of Community Mayors. She was sworn in by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Her duties as the Community Mayor of Harlem is to deal with the needs of youth and children as well as the special needs for children who are homeless, handicapped, and are in foster care.

From 2001 to 2008, Queen Mother Dr. Blakely has traveled extensively around the world attending United Nations Conferences dealing with women and children issues as well as human tragedies as it relates to the African Nationals living in the United States. Queen Mother Dr. Blakely lead the Delegation from the United States in returning the African Nationals to their homeland for proper burial which were all high profile cases – Amadou Bailo Diallo, Guinea West Africa, 41 gun shots by New York City Police Department {1999}; Ousmane Zango, Burkina Faso, West Africa, hardworking young man killed in warehouse by New York City Police Department {2003}; Soumare and Mougassa Family, Mali, West Africa, 9 children and 1 mother died in tragedy fire in the Bronx {2007}.

As an Ambassador of Goodwill for many African Countries, Queen Mother Dr. Blakely is constantly attending many augurations in Africa; being called to various countries regarding celebrations and tragedies. She has traveled extensively over the last 30-years, Queen Mother Dr. Blakely has met many Head of States and Governments and its people that are members of the AU – African Union, such Nigeria, Senegal, Namibia Liberia, Gambia, South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, and a host of many other African Countries.

Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely was mentored by notables, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Former President of Tanzania and Dr. Angie Elizabeth Brooks, First Woman President of the General Assembly at the United Nations. Queen Mother Dr. Blakely enjoys a life-long student and practitioner of the visual arts, music, dance, modeling, law, business, and social work. Queen Mother Dr. Blakely serves the World as a Humanitarian Trailblazer protecting Human Rights for the poor and the powerless and enjoys traveling the world and working to eliminate poverty (Source).