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Community Highlights: Meet Shiketa Days of Derrick Danzel Days II Corporation

Hi Shiketa, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Twelve years ago, we lost our 10-month-old son to gun violence. Derrick Danzel Days II Corporation was birthed April 2011 in remembrance of Derrick Jr. I wanted to create something that will impact many lives in memory of our son so that his death would not have been in vain. I always had an Entrepreneur spirit. But somehow, the tragedy of losing my son was my fuel to keep going. It allowed me to stay busy in the community so that I wouldn’t have to think about his death all hours of the day. The mission of our organization is to help individuals realize their dreams, teach the importance of financial literacy and having life insurance. 2012 we self-published the Derrick Danzel Days II Story (Young And Murdered). Our organization continues to collaborate with other Urban organizations to help strengthen the Urban community.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Some of my struggles along the way has been juggling the entrepreneur life with working a 9 to 5 as a Police Dispatcher II. Making time for my family. Other obstacles were dealing with the judgment of others after losing our son. The grieving process hasn’t been easy. Sometimes you feel as if you really haven’t had that solitude time to truly grieve. Every time I think I’m ready to talk about all the details, it still hits me the same way, even after 12 years.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Derrick Danzel Days II Corporation?
The focus of our organization is the Urban community. Helping upcoming business owners learn how to legally run and manage a business. Also teach individuals about entrepreneurship early as well as those who have been incarcerated. Making services like book writing and business start-ups affordable.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory was growing up playing sports. Being recognized as an MVP player every week. Receiving multiple academic awards and trophies for each sport or activity I participated in. Somehow it made me forget about the violence going on around me in the community and the struggle of living in the projects.


  • $500 To write and self-publish a book with us.
  • $500 To write and self-publish a book with us.
  • $20 Monthly to manage your business records, licensing and website. Or simply $200 yearly.
  • $40 and up for Life Insurance.
  • $124 Life Agent Licensing

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Image Credits

The picture with the other mother’s that also lost their children to gun violence at the Jada Rally was taking by The Smile Trust, Valencia Gunder.

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