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Director, My Brother’s Keeper - Tulsa; Founder, Speaks 4 You, Inc.
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, BerThaddaeus is the 11th child of the late Reverend, Dr. Bertrand Maurice Bailey Sr. and Mrs. Juandalyn Joan Bailey. He is the first student to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public and Business Administration from The University of Oklahoma (OU), simultaneously.
During his academic tenure at OU, he was featured on CNN, MSNBC and Good Morning America as a representative for the student body as the Director of Diversity addressing racial tensions that followed a tumultuous event on campus. In the aftermath, he was extremely instrumental in implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives on OU’s campus. Upon graduation, BerThaddaeus was requested to return to the university to serve as a part-time adjunct professor, instructing a course on “Cultural Awareness”.
Before accepting the role to lead the My Brother's Keeper-Tulsa community, in alliance with The Obama Foundation and ImpactTulsa, BerThaddaeus served as a Senior policy analyst for the State of Oklahoma’s health care and child support programs. There, he assisted the State in securing over $100 million in federal funding to support a plethora of Oklahoma’s health care initiatives.
BerThaddaeus has been deeply engaged in community work. He is the founder of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Speaks 4 You, Inc., where he and other financial experts assist students from underprivileged backgrounds in achieving scholarships for their college education. He also founded the Dr. Jerome B. Wade Scholarship (named in memory of his childhood mentor), which has successfully awarded thousands of dollars in financial support to graduating seniors in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
BerThaddaeus is a proud member of the oldest, boldest, and coldest intercollegiate Greek letter fraternity , Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Additionally, he is an active member of Friendship Church where he serves as the leader of Media and Production and as a member of the Pastor's Advisory Council.
BerThaddaeus’ gift of organizational leadership, speaking, and policy planning and development has afforded him extraordinary opportunities. In 2015 he served as a Congressional Intern in Washington, DC with the Congressional Black Caucus for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee.
However, his proudest achievement came in March of 2018, when he married the love of his life, JaQuitta Danielle Bailey. In December of 2020, they welcomed their first daughter and princess, Amara Bailey.
When asked about his lifelong aspirations and goals, humbly he responds, “If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, then my living will not be in vain.”
BerThaddaeus Bailey reciting one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's., most noted speech "I've Been to the Mountaintop" at Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. 2019
BerThaddaeus speaks for the North Tulsa Economic Development Initiative (NTEDi) about the state of Oklahoma's education system.
BerThaddaeus has served as a feature for Walmart's Corporate Office's January Dr. Martin Luther King celebrations for the past three (3) years. He has performed two of Dr. King's most noted speeches including "I Have a Dream" and "I've Been to the Mountaintop".
BerThaddaeus speaks at Fifth Street Baptist Church for their annual Youth Conference on "A Winning Attitude". In his speech he tells those gathered that a WINNING ATTITUDE requires us to 1) Have Joy, 2) Be Content, 3) Achieve.
BerThaddaeus speaks for the rally for nonviolence in Tulsa, Oklahoma, challenging the audience to consider how did we get in the current predicament and how we can move forward.
As a crowd of over 300 people surrounds him in Washington DC, BerThaddaeus recites Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech from memory in the very spot King stood to deliver it 50 years earlier.
BerThaddaeus Bailey speaks to the Rotary Club of Tulsa on the 4-Way Test.
JaQuitta Danielle Bailey was born to Cassandra Ponds and Raymond Dever in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a former all-star college basketball player for Seminole State College and Missouri Western State University. While a student, she worked as a meteorology intern for a Missouri news station and Sports Graphics intern for her university’s Athletic department. She also served as the Treasurer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Most notably, she was an influential writer for her campus’ newspaper where she was assigned with covering all major sporting events.
After successfully completing her undergraduate degree, she joined the staff at a distinguished local newspaper in Tulsa, OK, worked as a college classroom instructor and an Assistant Women’s College Basketball Coach before beginning her current career in Norman, Oklahoma as a Weather Communicator for ship captains.
Her life story of tenacity and triumph is noteworthy. As a child, she was reared in a broken home, raised by a single mother and an army of uncles and aunts. Her father was incarcerated for the majority of her adolescent years, yet she has defied the odds and accomplished what statistics said she wouldn’t.
Her passion for Christ has led her to perform on several stages as a member of the Praise and Worship team, energetically leading congregants in worship experiences, weekly.
She has volunteered with numerous charities that focus on feeding the poor, mentoring young women and providing leadership on the basketball court to aspiring teen athletes.
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