Antwoinette Ayers

Antwoinette Ayers

Antwoinette Ayers shares her voice of purpose to help those who need a mindset shift and inspiration

She has facilitated a "Vision Take Over" for students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, helping them understand the principles of vision and how to accomplish their dreams by identifying goals and purpose. She has presented at universities, panels, churches, women's shelters, the Woman Evolve Conference at The Potters House TD Jakes Ministries, The Boys and Girls Club Alton Illinois, and other platforms.


Why Do I Fight?

25,000 is the number of cousins, mothers, fathers, children, friends, and relatives that surround a place called “Southern Western Illinois Correctional Facility,” which is the mother of “The Juvenile Detention Center'' located 5 minutes down the road. East St. Louis is the 152nd largest city in Illinois, and 97% of its population are Black or African American. In 1959, East St. Louis was named the All-American City. That same media now deems it as one of the most dangerous places in America. This, however, is the place that Antwoinette calls home—the place where she hails from, nicknamed the “City of Champions.” Burdened by social unrest, low economic development, and food shortage, people often ask her how she stays prideful and rich in spirit in a city that is deprived of all its natural and thriving resources.

By asking important questions about what has oppressed the community and doomed its population to failure, and what it means to be humane, to have equality, and to be loved and accepted, Antwoinette’s presentation will:

  • Shed light on present-day East St. Louis, its history, its current challenges, and the beauty that is embedded in it and in its community.
  • Discuss the effects of systemic racism and mass incarceration on an Illinois city that was once an All-American City.
  • Describe how some community members are changing the negative and false narrative and are fighting for social justice, equity, and better opportunities.

Program Logistics

The presentation takes approximately 45 minutes, with extra time at the end for Q&A, making it approximately one hour.


Antwoinette Ayers is the Founder of Visual Movement LLC, a black woman-owned business that coaches visionaries with holistic practices.

Ayers has been an entrepreneur for over 14 years. She is also a book publisher, speaker, creative director, and producer with one book, two documentaries, and multiple economic development projects currently in the works. Her life goal is to impact and enhance her community through Arts and Culture for generations to come.

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Director of Statewide Programs