Mother, Community Activist & Change Agent
A woman destined for greatness through her eyes and through the eyes of all she encounters, Oresa Napper-Williams, affectionately known as “Reese”, was born and raised on the mean streets of the Bedford Stuyvesant section in Brooklyn, NY. Although Oresa’s childhood years were predominately influenced by her Christian background, there were still obstacles she faced in her adolescent years. These obstacles caused an unbalance in Oresa’s life and she ventured out into the streets. As God would have it, that time in Oresa’s life was for a season. The reason being that she would know the needs of people incarcerated and be able to save and minister to those not living in their fullest potential.
Oresa was one of the first twelve individuals who formed the double Grammy Award-winning, Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, in 1985 under the leadership of Bishop Hezekiah Walker. She now serves as an in-house Pastor at Love Fellowship Tabernacle, The Kingdom Church in which she is a founding member of. Her passion to meet the needs of the community began through personal experience as a struggling single parent. This gave her an expressed burden for the needs of the community at large. She established two entities to provide social resources through LFT: a Single Parents Resource; Support Group and the National Business Training Institute of NY, NJ and PA.
Oresa is the Founder and Visionary of Not Another Child Inc. (NAC), an organization that serves and advocates for families and communities effected by gun violence. The organization also creates a safe haven and provides outreach and support to families of gun violence. NAC, which has been featured on BET's My Two Cents, was established in memory of Oresa's son, Andrell Napper, who was innocently gunned down on August 7, 2006. When asked how this incident has changed her life, she stated, It has made me more aware of the travesties and situations that our youth face on a daily basis and the need to help them attain a successful future. I have also become aware of the hurt that a mother feels after the loss of a child and the injustices a family faces after the loose a loved one; and how their life is never the same.” Under the umbrella of NAC, she implemented and organized the first Value Life Peace March in 2009, and continues to oversee both the Annual King Ron Playing for Change Tournament in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Change Makers Benefit Gala which continue to be successful in furthering the mission of NAC. NAC serves as a therapeutic provider to families and communities who experience violence at high levels. This program is a part of New York City’s Crisis Management System.
Oresa’s book, "And Then I Awoke, Releasing Your Potential and Purpose in Life" is dedicated to the memory of her son, Andrell Daron Napper. She is currently working on her 2nd book, Black Girl Lost, Woman Found! Yet, with all She has accomplished, she deems her greatest accomplishment as being Justin’s mother and biggest fan. Her makeup is one of a kind, she is small in stature and mighty in power, yet her presence is delightful. Known for her encouraging words, ladylike mannerisms and straight forward demeanor, she has become a mentor to many and advocates for those who are treated unfairly in any area. She influences children by showing them that no matter what mistakes they have made, they can always get back on track.