National Black Pro-Life Coalition ∴ Brenda Lenard


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Brenda Lenard's story begins in St. Louis Missouri in 1967. She, her mother, and five siblings moved to Atlanta, Georgia with little more than each other. Brenda spent several years experiencing the hopeless life that can be found growing up in the projects of any city U.S.A. She watched her mother work two and three jobs at a time, and still doing without. All of these sacrifices being done with the hopes and dreams of building a brighter future for her young children. Even during a time when the family lived in a condemned building in Atlanta, Brenda’s mother instilled in her children that there was a better life waiting if they kept working toward it.

In those early years, Lenard's mother had two dreams. The first was to move her children out of the condemned building they lived in, and into a real house. Her dream seemed almost impossible at that time, but her tenacious spirit, work ethic, and faith in God helped her achieve that goal of moving her 6 children from the depressed projects into their own home in rural Georgia off the public transportation lines. Brenda's mother had successfully prevented her children from ever returning to anything that resembled the bad influences of the ghetto that they had escaped.

Her mother's second dream was for her children to receive a college education. Brenda was so driven that she not only got a college education, she got two, and is currently working on her third. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biblical studies and leadership from Beulah Heights Bible College (Atlanta, GA). She then went on to earn her master's degree in public administration from Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA), and is currently enrolled at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, completing her Ph.D. in political science and evaluation measurements and statistics, all while working full-time and raising three (3) children.

Lenard's professional career started in corporate America and then ultimately in the non-profit sector after the death of her infant son, Daniel. The challenges and successes Brenda had previously encountered prepared her for what she considers her greatest trial, the loss of her six month old son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in 2000. Terribly shaken, Brenda decided to use her previous experiences of turning challenges around by creating "Daniel's Dream for Children's Awareness." "Daniel's Dream for Children's Awareness" is a registered non-profit organization focused on helping other parents avoid the depth of the loss and grief Brenda bore with the sudden death of her own child from SIDS. Brenda continues to raise awareness for safe sleep habits by remaining active with various SIDS organizations. Lenard's work and experience has earned enough respect from the industries peers for her to be named to the advisory board of Middle Tennessee State University.

Today, Brenda is very active, and outspoken regarding the state of the U.S. She serves as a regular contributor on several internet|radio programs. Brenda also serves as a keynote speaker at conferences and events around the nation. Although she enjoys the many professional commitments in her life, Lenard most enjoys her time spent with her family. Her children are the number one joy in her life. As they grow older, she recognizes her extraordinary obligation to help make the United States a prosperous nation for generations to come.

Brenda Lenard's story is one we can all relate to. A background filled with tragedy and triumph. One that presented obstacles the average person might balk at. Brenda is not that type of woman. When the going gets tough, she begins looking for the solution.