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Author Spotlight: Cicely S. Moore

Meet Cicely S. Moore: Author, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Coach, and Humanitarian—a multifaceted individual whose life has come full circle in unexpected and inspiring ways. Born in the small town of Iowa, Louisiana, Cicely grew up in a large, loving family that instilled in her a strong sense of community service, education, and sportsmanship. Those early experiences sowed the seeds of a future servant leader.

As she transitioned into adulthood, Cicely experienced a profound awakening, recognizing the deficiencies faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Driven by her servant leadership values, she founded Gamma Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., in Baton Rouge, LA, with a mission to transform individuals through culture, leadership, high standards, professionalism, and integrity. With over 80 members and counting, Cicely continues to lead the organization as its President, significantly impacting her community.

But Cicely’s journey doesn’t end there. Fueled by her natural leadership qualities and a vision to spread love and positivity, she launched the “MOORE Love, Less HATE” movement, offering a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Her efforts don’t stop at social causes; Cicely is also an author, having penned two published books for kids and a Gratitude and Manifestation Journal.

For Cicely, her purpose goes beyond a typical career or job description. Embracing change and inspiring others through her humanitarian efforts, she believes in breaking down barriers and uniting communities regardless of gender, culture, race, or religion. With unwavering faith in her calling, Cicely is paving the way for future generations while leaving a lasting impact on the world.

 

Fancy: You wear many hats as an entrepreneur, author, coach, and philanthropist. Can you tell us how your upbringing in a loving and altruistic family influenced your journey toward becoming a servant leader in your community?

Cicely: It made me realize that we live in a very unfortunate world. It instilled the tools I needed to reach and love everyone unconditionally and with genuine compassion. It also gave me a sense of empathy, allowing me to appreciate the needs of others and serve while putting them first.

Fancy: You founded Gamma Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. to help transform individuals through culture, leadership, and integrity. How did your experiences and spiritual discernment lead you to recognize the deficiencies in the LGBTQ+ community and inspire you to create a “safe haven” for Masculine Presenting Lesbians?

Cicely: Being reared in a small country town where everyone knew and loved everyone, it had its challenges yet its advantages. One of the advantages is that I grew up and went to school and church with the same group of people. Most families were tied somehow, so no matter my sexuality, I was still treated the same. Once I moved to Baton Rouge, LA, I realized everyone wasn’t as fortunate. Many girls/ women faced many challenges, such as being thrown out of their homes, bullied, and ostracized. After learning and witnessing some of these deficiencies, I wanted to create a “safe haven” for Masculine Presenting Lesbians. I wanted to create a support system/family-like environment to let them know they are still loved, valued, and present. Spiritually, I realized that this was an oppressed group of women, and I was the vessel that was used to migrate to a city and build an empire of Empowering women.

Fancy: Your latest movement, “MOORE Love, Less HATE,” promotes love, positivity, and peace. Could you share with us the vision and inspiration behind this movement?

Cicely: My vision of Moore Love, Less Hate is to create a platform for others to embrace a holistic approach to life and unlock their fullest potential. I would like everyone to experience the transformative power of services and embark on a journey of self-love, self-discovery, growth, and well-being. Once a person gets to this point of self, it becomes easier and second nature to love on others. 

Fancy: Apart from your humanitarian efforts, you have also authored two books for children: “A Little Praying Black Girl” and “A Little Praying Black Boy.” What motivated you to write these books?

Cicely: I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying, “Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride.” Similarly, my slogan is “Always a God-Mother, Never the Mother.” Lol. With a background of both being a part of a huge family, my family also owned and operated a daycare for over 30 years. I’ve always had a soft spot and love for kids. My Godkids was my biggest inspiration for writing these children’s books. Years ago, we had a better grip on life when prayer was present. I recall my grandmother taking us to church, teaching us how to pray, and instilling those spiritual values that I will never forget, even today. So, it was also important to try to implement that back into our kids, especially during these difficult times. 

Fancy: How do you believe your books will positively impact children’s lives?

Cicely: I hope that the children’s prayer books will positively impact each child as they read them. Even if they are reading without understanding, I hope it gives them a sense of communication and connection to the higher power. I hope it creates a regimen of prayer at an early age that they carry on with them for the rest of their lives and give them a sense of peace of knowing that they can cast all their cares upon him. 

Fancy: What was the writing process like for you? 

Cicely: The writing process was actually the easiest. After praying, sipping a cup of coffee, and meditating one morning, I wrote it in one sitting. I was super motivated once the vision came to me, and I didn’t want to pause until it was completely done. 

Fancy: You mentioned that your life is more purpose-driven than career-driven, and you’re following what you believe God wants you to be. Can you elaborate on how embracing change, respecting humanity, and giving back to the community have become central to your purpose and how you strive to unite people from diverse backgrounds to create positive change in the world?

Cicely: For most of my life, I’ve always felt different, isolated, and misunderstood. I excelled in school, went to college, and worked jobs because it was expected of me, not because it was fulfilling. My life is more purpose-driven because I’ve worked a few jobs, but none were fulfilling. Acts of service to others have always been a part of my nature, but unfortunately, there isn’t a degree or a direct career with doing so. I’ve always had a hard time finding a career fitting for me; I just worked to make money to live. The last year as I listened closely to the desires of God rather than myself, I began to embrace change and continue with his desires more than those of my own. 

 

Connect with Cicely below: 

Facebook: Cicely Moore

Instagram:  Kavalier01

Website: moore-love-less-hate.square.site

Organization Website: www.gammaalphapsi.org

Francheska Felder
Francheska Felderhttp://swagheronline.com
Francheska “Fancy” Felder is an award-winning editor, publisher, publicist, and quiet Southern media mogul. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real, which also doubles as a PR boutique. SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black women, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead, while the boutique strategically executes press and brand campaigns. The proud SU alum is also the publicist for Power Influence Radio and hostess of the CEO Chatter LIVE Podcast. Because she battles with bipolar disorder, Fancy is a proud mental health advocate.
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