C. DeShola Dawkins is a Substitute and Aftercare Teacher in the District of Columbia. Ms. Dawkins is the proud mother of seven children and 13 grandchildren. She is a native Washingtonian, but was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Since the death of her son, Timothy D. Dawkins-El on August 21, 2013, Ms. Dawkins has been passionate about creating common sense gun laws. She is committed to doing whatever it takes to reduce the amount of gun related deaths nationally. Ms. Dawkins is the President of the Timothy Dawkins-El Project, an organization she developed to educate the public on the National Rifle Association (NRA) and to use as a platform to share the story of her son’s life.
In addition, she is a member of Everytown for Gun Safety Survivor Network, Pan African Community Action (PACA), and manages the anti-gun violence page for CodePink in Washington, DC. She also holds monthly therapy sessions for Mothers who have loss their love ones to community violence in Prince Georges County, Maryland. She was invited to the White House by President Obama on January 5, 2016. She has been a guest on CNN and a Keynote Speaker for the Wear Orange Campaign and the Unity Rally 72 days of Action on Gun Violence in Washington, DC.
In the words of her late son, Timothy, “We’re going to instill the right kind of confidence in our people and take our community back square mile by square mile.”