We had the good fortune of connecting with Marchelle Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marchelle, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?

I am a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence. The thought process behind starting my firearm instruction company was making sure that no other woman experienced that type of violence in her life. I learned certain self defense skills while serving in the military and I decided to use them to start my business when my enlistment ended. My goal is to teach 1 million women how to defend themselves with firearms.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?

My business is unique because I am a black woman teaching other black women how to defend themselves with firearms. Gun ownership is typically a non-black, male sport. I’m most proud and excited about the impact I’ve made on the gun industry. I’ve had other black instructors come to me citing that I’m the reason they decided to start their own instruction company. It’s humbling to hear that. I got to this point in my business through hard work and resilience. The journey has been bittersweet. I’ve experienced overt racism, sexism and ageism coming into this industry but I overcame the challenges by ignoring the criticism that wasn’t constructive.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

If my friend was visiting Atlanta I would take them to Kupcakerie, my favorite black owned cupcake spot. Then we’d hit up Jayida Che Tea Spot for some tea. I haven’t eaten here yet but I’d also take them to Slutty Vegan. After lunch we’d go shoot at Stoddard’s Range and Guns in midtown. Then I’d take them to Ponce City Market to check out the view and take some pictures.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

I’d like to give a shout-out to Wilson Brothers Armory of Baltimore, Maryland. They’ve been instrumental in my growth as a business woman and instructor.

Website: www.mysisterskeeperdefense.com

Instagram: @MySistersKeeperDefense

Twitter: @mskdefense

Facebook: My Sister’s Keeper Defense

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