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Queen Mother Dr Delois Blakely is community mayor of Harlem, New York, in the United States. She is also the ambassador of Goodwill to Africa, and has been involved with the United Nations for the past 40 years. – Carol Matroo 

Raw Science TV (www.rawscience.tv) is honored to welcome Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely to the Board of Advisors for the Raw Science Foundation.

A noble 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.

In 1958, Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely entered the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Convent. For ten years, as Sister Noelita Marie, she worked in New York State in the field of education and as a counselor in prisons. She advocates that sustainable and economic development is necessary for building human and social capacity.

In 1969, Queen Mother Dr. Blakely founded New Future Foundation Inc, a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural not-for-profit organization. Successfully using cultural pride, individual initiative, and neighborhood leadership, especially among young people, New Future Foundation, Inc conducts exchange students programs from Africa, provide housing for students, ongoing public information, and education to solve problems of racism, poverty and ignorance. During her 40-year career as President of New Future Foundation Inc, Queen Mother Dr. Blakely has shared “best practices” with many Heads of State and Top-Level Officials.

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.

In partnership with the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity to assure a better future for the world’s youth, Queen Mother Dr. Blakely expanded New Future Foundation’s United Nations Africa House in Harlem {Queen Mother Moore International House} and its Neighborhood Peace University, The City College of New York supported by Former Secretary General Kofi Annan for the youth “World Street Peace Summit.” The “World Street Peace Summit” was where Children and Youth walked from Harlem to United Nations on the International Day of Peace. Both these initiatives promote conflict resolution and “demand-based” education and training among diverse cultural and socio-economic groups. In addition, Queen Mother Dr. Blakely led a thirty-plus {30+} delegation to the historical Women’s Conference in Beijing China in 1995 with the organization Harlem Women International.


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