November 10, 2011 05:00 ET

CEO of I.T.A.C. Organizes Queens NY Chapter of Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network

The Audacious Move Catches the Attention of Some of New York's Most Talented Social Leaders

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 10, 2011) - Queens New York received a clear message of justice from Dr. Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, and Ms. Susan Samuel, CEO of I.T.A.C. (It Takes A Community to Raise a Child), in early April 2011. The two fearless leaders are working tirelessly to continue to establish their mission of social and economic justice for all.

The idea of starting a Queens chapter of the NAN organization was something that Ms. Samuel had come to find out by other members, shortly after the highly publicized shooting by Queens police officers, which resulted in the death of young Queens native Sean Bell. The talks had finally become a reality, as Samuels along With Rev. Sharpton quickly moved to action.

To ensure that Queens would continue to have a presence in The National Action Network Organization, Sharpton decided to empower the ambitious CEO of I.T.A.C. Ms. Samuels was introduced to Rev. Sharpton by Rev. De-Ves Toon, who is a National field Director for NAN. After which it was decided and Samuels made history by starting the first Queens Chapter of the National Action Network.

Ms. Samuel has been a longtime community leader in Queens and was once a former Assistant Principal for K-8th school. After working within the public school system, Ms. Samuels decided to step down to start her company It Takes a Community to Raise a Child 24 hour Daycare, a Not for Profit franchise. The daycare specializes in teaching young children from 5 and up about entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

"It has been a true test of faith in organizing this new chapter and running my business. Although challenging, working together with the children and other members in our new chapter and all of the other chapters is very fulfilling. I have dedicated my time and talents to the NAN organization to make sure that the Queens community and abroad know that we care and that we will continue to fight for justice for all," says Ms. Samuel.

Ms. Samuels has managed to bring on board top talent to I.T.A.C. and the Queens Chapter such as Lois Menyweather as Treasurer, Sean Sinclair as secretary and Dr. Nono C. Pearson, who has the attention of Forbes network as an emerging Billionaire and social entrepreneur, who helps small businesses grow and produces hip hop songs that promote financial literacy. Dr. Pearson stepped in as Vice President of the Queens Chapter after William Bell, the late Sean Bell's father, stepped down to run The Sean Bell Foundation full time.

Since starting, Samuels has shown business savvy that's unprecedented. She is now launching aggressive marketing initiatives that are catapulting the two organizations that she runs to even greater heights of social and economic success.

Contact Information

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    Susan Samuel
    Phone 347-644-5735
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