Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E was formed in 2006 by Co-Founder Jackie Rowe-Adams, with the support of New York State Assemblyman, Keith L. T. Wright. Mrs. Rowe-Adams herself, lost two sons to gun violence. Her first child was affected on February of 1982; her 17 year old son Anthony was murdered outside a bodega at 123rd Street in Harlem by two young men who believed that Anthony had been staring at them. Her second child Tyrone, age 28 at the time, was shot to death by a thirteen-year-old during a robbery outside his apartment in Baltimore, Maryland.
“At Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E., we educate
families on where and how these guns are getting to our children...and from whom. Many parents are still surprised about where kids can get easy access to guns. There are many illegal or shoddy proprietors where kids can often acquire a firearm, but some bodegas, certain housing projects and city parks have all been identified as locations where gun sales take place.” –Mrs. Jackie Rowe-Adams.
We work together to remedy the affects of gun violence and promote ways to reduce gun deaths in our community. We educate our community and support our partners and legislations for sensible gun laws. We also perform as advocates or spokespersons for families (with their permissions) in their time of need after a gun incident.
Jackie Rowe-Adams is a lifetime resident of Harlem, New York. She grew up on 122nd Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. Attended the Manhattan Christian Reform Church, Benjamin Franklin High School and the all Citywide School of Music. Her life has been dedicated to serving her community, her church and her family.
As a youth, Jackie enjoyed a variety of activities, such as softball, track and field, choir and a summer exchange program to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, run by the community, the City and her church. At an early age, Jackie also started to give back to her community. She became a youth counselor in her church’s summer day camp and began putting together glee clubs and talent shows. She also began her career as community activist going door to door helping her mother get petitions signed. She went on to use her talents with the Police Athletic League, City of New York
Parks & Recreation and the local Community Board. Rowe-Adams served on Community Board #10 and Community Board #12. She also served as the president of School Board District 5 in 1999. She also ran for City Council in 2001. She is a member and President of Local 299, and Vice President of District Council 37, served as the President of School District 56, and Civic Association serving Harlem, Harlem Week Board, Project Harmony, and Mid-Manhattan NAACP.
Jackie has worked tirelessly with young people and seniors as a music specialist with Parks & Recreation since 1986. In 1992 she started a non-profit organization, Talented Seniors and Youth On The Move Inc., which provides performance opportunities and college scholarships. She also co-founded an organization called Harlem Mothers Saves in 2006. Since 1993, she has been the Recreation Center manager at Morningside Park where she turned what was once a drug-infested park into a truly remarkable oasis for youth and community activity. In 1998, she took on the added challenge of running The Jackie Robinson Recreation Center, another potential bright spot in a troubled park. She also sits on the ARC Board. Jackie Rowe-Adams sits on the Board of the Renaissance Health Care of Patient Care and now is the Chair of the board. Her unique ability to bring out the hidden talents in others and conviction that everyone can make a difference guarantees success.
Jackie’s singing career continues even as she coordinates her senior center activities. She sings not only for churches throughout the Harlem Community, but also for weddings and parties. She appeared in the off-Broadway musical “Mamma I Want To Sing” and has sung the National Anthem at Shea Stadium and at the opening of the Special Senior Olympics in Syracuse. She has received several awards referring to her community activities, recognition from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Division of the Citizen’s Academy, The Charles H. Moore Jr. community Service Award, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center Award and many others. Although Mrs. Adams has received numerous awards from the community, the police department and her peers but perhaps most important, she has inspired the love and respect from all who have had the opportunity to meet her and know her.
Mrs. Adams is married to William L. Adams and has two sons, Eric, and Bryan her greatest motivation.
Jackie Rowe Adams is a life-long resident of Harlem, New York. She attended Wadleigh JHS, Benjamin Franklin High, and the Manhattan Christian Reformed Church, where she began her passionate love for singing. She was a member of the All City-Wide Chorus and regularly sang at church during her formative years. Jackie now sings not only for churches throughout the Harlem community, but also for weddings, funerals, parties, and political gatherings. She appeared in the Off-Broadway musical, “Mama, I Want To Sing,” and has sung the National Anthem at Shea Stadium and at the opening of the Special Senior Olympics in Syracuse, N.Y.
Jackie got involved in community activities at an early age. She became a youth counselor in her church’s Summer Day Camp, and began putting together glee clubs and talent shows. Her career as a community activist began when she went from door to door helping her mother get petitions signed. Jackie has now worked with the Police Athletic League and the City of New York Parks and Recreation Department. She has served on a number of community boards, including Community Board 10, Community Board 12, and the Civic Association Serving Harlem. She has been President of
the District 5 School Board, President of Local 299, Vice-President of District Council 37, and Board Chairperson of the Renaissance Health Care Network. She is also on the boards of Addicts Rehabilitation Center (A.R.C.), Harlem Week, Inc., and Project Harmony, and is a member of the Mid-Manhattan NAACP.
Jackie has worked tirelessly with youth and seniors as a music specialist with Parks and Recreation since 1986, and, in 1996, started the non-profit organization Talented Seniors and Youth On the Move, Inc., which provides performance opportunities for youth and seniors and college scholarships. After losing two sons to gun violence, Jackie co-founded Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E., an organization instituted to end this dreaded scourge in our community. She has received numerous awards and citations for her social activism, among which are the Charles H. Moore, Jr. Service Award and the St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center Award. Her efforts have inspired love and respect from all who have had the opportunity to meet her.
Jackie is married to William L. Adams. They now have two sons, Eric and Bryant, who are her greatest motivations.