A good number of years ago I received a invitation to visit Africa from a religious scholar named Shaykh Imam Assane Cisse of Kaolack, Senegal, West Africa whom i had the inviting honor to meet in Washington DC. Greetings My name is Queen Sheba Rene DuBose the youngest daughter of Bishop James E DuBose and Minister Daisy Lee Brown) born in Mobile, Alabama. My first contact with the world of fashion began when I was still a child. I was in love with the delicate second-hand dresses that my mother used to purchase from a vintage boutique seller while housekeeping in rich white people homes in the deep south . My mother Daisy Lee paid a lot of attention to the clothing of her children. In 1968, my mother Daisy made the decision to move to Boston with her family, leaving behind my abusive father in Alabama, hoping to build a better life for her six children. My mother desired to become a professional and actress of fashion. Some years later in life I married, gave birth to five children and divorced and relocated to the state of Maryland. I was inspired to this same idea in fashion that was influential from my mother but with the intention to resale clothes and fabrics from artisans in Senegal to help generate funds to start up a project to assist the poor women and their families in Senegal.
Traveling to Africa was always a dream of mine and to operate a Nonprofit was unimaginable and not a possible wish at that time of my invitation in 2003. I had heard of the name Nonprofit but did have a clue as to what it was really. I visited Africa several times over the years and eventually married my teacher and scholar mentioned above. With his help and financial support my journey into the cultural lifestyles, languages etc of the people was a blessing. He paved a way for me by "opening the door" of what was a dream to come true to several revelations he foretold to me. Unfortunately in 2008 he passed away abruptly and shocked millions around the world including myself leaving me with fear and doubt as to how will I be able to carry on this dream of mine and to uphold a legacy of work that is a contribution to humanity that we both are so passionate about. The years 2004 to 2008 I learned much about Senegal and people giving me enough courage and education on how to operate a Nonprofit from Hyattsville, Maryland across the Atlantic to Senegal and it is still yet a challenge in process. One of the main reason i bring attention to his name besides the fact he is a Islamic brilliant scholar and humanitarian is he is truly a champion of women rights, female gender equality, eradication of Female genital Cutting, NO child-brides and many of the subjects here we rise up and speak out about. I am honored proud to be his wife,widow, twin-flame and partner. His legacy is a inspiration of empowerment in our work connected today. The real me also celebrates men whom have the power and courage to not only stand and rise up but implement change to become a humanitarian change-maker! We stand with men supporting women issues and implementing change on their behalf. We want women to bring them to our attention to say "thank you" to them.
My life and work continues in Senegal which brings me back time to time from Africa and home to Washington Metropolitan DC/ Maryland/Virginia area again to spread awareness, fund-raise and seek potential volunteers who is hopefully inspired by organization QUEEN SHEBA VILLAGE vision and mission to aide global humanity. There is a quote " In order to get something different in life, you have to DO something you've never done"! True Indeed.