Zephaniah Coleman boldly declares his mission on his Twitter page:
“I live a blessed life and will always strive to bless somebody else.”
This 22-year old college senior is dedicated to changing the world around him by serving his community.
This election season Zephaniah and his 19-year old sister, Franquette are encouraging citizens to “Go and Vote.” Zephaniah and Franquette are promoting President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign for re-election by creating this custom made song with their mother. Zephaniah says that he’s committed to getting everyone involved because the President cannot do it alone.
“What we wanted to do was inspire people and tell them that you know that the President can’t do it by himself. You need to make change in your life first and as you do that the country as the whole becomes better,” Zephaniah said.
This is not the first time Zephaniah and 4 his siblings have been a part of the political process. During the 2008 election, Zephaniah and his siblings created the C5 Coleman Love Foundation, a non-profit, humanitarian-geared foundation committed to serving people in their community and across the globe. After starting the foundation the Coleman children authored a book entitled “Where Does Change Begin?” and created an accompanying workbook called “365 Days of Change.” Zephaniah says that their goal was to provide people with the tools to change their own lives through seven categories.
“Some of the different categories are financial, spiritual, social, just a few different categories that if you make one minor change daily for 365 days, by the end of that year you should have something majorly changed in your life and that’s the message we preach to people,” he said.
The sale of the books help fund many of their foundation’s projects including providing heaters and air conditioners for the less fortunate in Houston and to assist in mission work overseas.
Zephaniah credits the ministry of his own parents, Ronnie and Julie Coleman as the inspiration behind his work and the work of the C5 Coleman Love Foundation.
“My family is really a family of givers. I’ve always seen my parents, from me being a little child giving because they’re pastors. In effect, it helped me gain a passion for really caring about people and helping people, “Zephaniah reflected.
He recalls spending Christmas Day giving toys to less fortunate kids rather than being at home opening his own.