Kisha Renée Jackson-Grant was born on October 16, 1973 to James Edward Jackson and Gwendolyn Elaine Moore Jackson at Cumberland Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. In 1978, Kisha entered the public school system, receiving her formal education at Park West High School. In 1990, she had the blessing of loving and nurturing the first love of her life, her son, Erwin Scattliffe. During her adolescent years, Kisha knew the importance of education, and even with the mental weight of parenting, she graduated in 1991, and then continued her education obtaining her Associate's degree.
For twenty-one years, Kisha was employed with the New York City Housing Authority and was adored by the community. In 1996, she met the love of her life, Bruce Grant, and they later joined each other in matrimony in 2006. From their union, they brought forth one daughter, Madison Nasje Grant.
Kisha was a compassionate, charismatic, funny, amazing and supportive woman who had an unwavering zest for life that was contagious. She had a huge heart and would bend over backward as well as fold herself in half helping out family, friends and youth alike. Her focus was never on small talk; she had better things to do with her life … her visions, dreams and goals exceeded the moon … and she shared them proudly with anyone willing to listen. This beautiful woman embodied love and positivity; she was a woman of peace who inspired all who had the blessing of being in her presence. Throughout the years of her life, she continued to be a motivating factor to the youth, and they adored her. Kisha would engage you in conversation and afterwards, have you feeling like you could fly. She believed in you when you didn't have the capacity to believe in yourself. Additionally, Kisha had an awesome adoration for the performing arts, and in 2006, her partner and cousin, Soulgee, created Trio Entertainment, and later on, incorporated into her agency SAVE OUR YOUTH THROUGH ARTS where she was affectionately known as Naskish. With S.O.Y.T.A, the teens and adolescents of the community were able to display their talents at community-based events while fortifying strength, self-esteem and confidence. Moreover, she didn't stop there. In addition to the arts, Kisha placed more notches in her belt with the organizations: MAKING VISIONS POSSIBLE and MOMMIES ON MISSION. It was there, collaboratively with her partners, that she conveyed dynamic motivation as a life coach, mentor and inspirational speaker.
Kisha had an abundance of ideas, dreams and visions that were never able to be fulfilled, and on Monday, April 2, 2018, Kisha gained her wings. God felt her job here with us was achieved, and she departed this life. Through all of her accomplishments, motivating visions and heartfelt compassion for others, I think it is fitting to say, “Well done Kisha. Well done!”
Kisha is survived by her parents: James and Gwendolyn Jackson; her husband Bruce Todd Grant; her children: Erwin Scatliffe and Madison Grant; as well as stepchildren: Erik and Shay Grant; one sister Shawntese Jackson-Jones (and her husband Jamal Jones); one brother James Jackson, III (and his wife Latisha Gibbs); three grandchildren: Kamille, Synciere and Amari; her mother-in-law Mamie Grant; five sisters-in-law: Cynthia, Crystal, Andrea, Shilice (and her husband Anthony Banks); one brother-in-law Joey; eight nieces, four nephews, her best friends and TCO sisters: Kenya, Katina, Rakaia, Norma, Toya, Cynthia, Tasha (deceased) and Kisha Smith (deceased); and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, mentees and friends.
Kisha was a devoted wife, mother, an awesome sister, a beautiful niece, incredible aunt, cousin, and an inspiration to us all. She touched so many in such a short time. We miss her already.