Rolanda Wilkins is an innovative program administrator, global community organizer and traditional ceremonial leader.
For over 25 years, she has focused on youth development and leadership, international health and wellness, advocacy, resource identification, communication and media productions in the area of health and well-being of adolescent girls and young women. Among other places, she has worked in the United States, Canada, Ghana, Honduras, Haiti, Jamaica, Nigeria and South Africa.
She was also named Woman of the Year for the State of California in 2008. She also received the 2009 Luminary Award from the Sacramento Chapter of the National Association of Business Women Owners.
Additionally, she was recognized as a Human Services Resolution Hero in 2009 by the Sacramento Board of Supervisors and won Sisterhood Magazine’s Sisterhood Agenda Award.
She founded Earth Mama Healing, a youth empowerment program, and has made it her mission to help young adults meet life’s challenges and become effective members of society.
Wilkins also promotes two books called The Spirit of Grandma’s Hands and Men of Honor.
These books pay tribute to the women and men of the African-American community.
“I remember being surrounded by strong, loving and caring individuals since I was born in 1971. However, there is one who really stood out. My late Uncle Stanley Earl Newman, the older brother of my beloved late mother Mae, personified a “man of honor” in my family,” said Roland.
“He shaped me and kept me connected to my ancestors, letting me know that I must remember and keep alive our great heritage,” she added.
Rolanda encourages young men to follow in the footsteps of great men in the community.
“Tell your family, tell your friends. Bring young men into the community so they can talk to these elders, touch them and see them because these young men are in their image,” said Roland.
Rolanda also honors community elders, who paved the way for everyone to have a peaceful and supportive life.
“The Black/African American/American band Descendants Of Slavery has a spirit that has guided them since the beginning of our journey in this nation. He looks calm. Sweet and old fashioned. ‘Grandma’s Hands’ is the name of a sacred and feminine spirit,” said Roland.
“Everyday women, such as community mothers, teachers, housewives, principals, yard staff, teaching assistants, women at the bus stop, day laborers, etc., are manifestations of the divine spirit,” she added.
For over ten years, they have honored Grandma’s Hands winners to show their appreciation for all women in the community.
Rolanda A. Wilkins
Mother Earth Healing