Sandra Reed received her B.A. in English and Drama Education from Dillard University. She served others through various occupations: Chicago Public School teacher, professional actor and dancer, volunteering on several boards and elected official. Four words describe Sandra: Leadership, Experience, Commitment, and Compassion.
Heeding the voices of children and parents, Sandra Reed founded the Myria Reed Foundation for Children with Special Needs in order to provide the necessary resources and support that will assist special needs children in finding their way in an already difficult world. The foundation partnered with Uptown Baptist Church on a short-term mission trip to Nigeria and Ghana. The purpose of the trip was to give needed encouragement and supplies to women & children. The team visited an orphanage, schools and a woman medical center. Sandra wanted to enlighten the world about this awesome, emotional, humble and blessed experience, so she wrote an article for United Nations Newsletter (UNA-USA Chicago Chapter). Still feeling a need to make a difference, Sandra went on another mission trip to Lusaka, Zambia and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, which was just as rewarding. This last trip brought new meaning to her life and now she tries to be that rainbow in someone’s cloud.
Sandra Reed is also very fervent about transforming and inspiring through her writings. She has written several songs, screenplays and her first fiction novel Buckwheat’s Journey. Her writings are a reflection of her life experiences and travels that encompass the culture, environment and people. Sandra desires her writings to encourage solutions and actions. Sandra knows the importance of honing her skill, so she joined Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Sundance Institute, and various organizations, social media/blog groups to network, explore, learn and refine her writing skills. Sandra says, “Writing empowers me to be a voice for so many that are in need of love, peace, and happiness. It also gives me a chance to make the world a better place by letting my light shine."