Crystal D. Charley-Sibley, MBA, is a consummate Civil Rights activist and a community change agent. The proud wife and mother has been making her mark since her teenage years, when her journey of service began with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Throughout her volunteerism and professional career, strengthening her community through outreach, activism and advocacy have always been deeply embedded in her life’s work.
Crystal is the Founder of Melanin and Motherhood, Co-Founder of Queen Village Career and Wellness Services, a women's empowerment speaker, community activist, 2nd Vice-President of the New Jersey State Conference NAACP, the Statewide Annual Convention Chair for the New Jersey State Conference NAACP, and President of the Southern Burlington County Branch of the NAACP. The Morristown, New Jersey native is a proud Alumnae of the HBCU, Delaware State University, where she attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice. She then furthered her education at Strayer University, earning a Master’s in Business Administration, specializing in Public Administration.
Crystal is also a patient-advocate for Black maternal health and healthcare equity. Having undergone a high-risk pregnancy, resulting in pre-eclampsia and an emergency cesarean, it was this experience that led to the founding of Melanin and Motherhood in 2017. She created a platform for Black mothers to unify around their unique journey through motherhood. It is also through this platform, Crystal advocates for policies and legislation that will address the tremendous disparities in Black maternal health, that too often result in high Black maternal morbidity, mortality, preterm birth and Black infant mortality.
Having recently completed the Shafia Monroe Consulting (SMC) Full Circle Doula Birth Companion Certification program, Crystal is an SMC Doula, who provides comprehensive, continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother and father/partner, from beginning to end, giving prenatal and postpartum doula services. Her services are Afrocentric, wholistic and culturally sensitive.
In 2018, Mrs. Charley-Sibley was appointed by New Jersey Governor, Philip Murphy, to serve on the Governor’s Task Force for the Continued Transformation of Youth Justice in New Jersey. Her dedication and advocacy has also led to print, online, and television features in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Burlington County Times, the Grio, The Moorestown Sun, Front Runner New Jersey, The Trentonian, Fox29, and 6ABC.
Recognized for her commitment to civil rights, women’s empowerment and leadership, she has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2014 Southern Burlington County NAACP Nelson B. Rivers, III Membership Excellence Award; 2015 New Jersey State Conference NAACP Torch Bearer’s Award; 2017 The Prestige Society’s Phenomenal Woman Award; 2017 Southern Burlington County NAACP Leadership Award; 2018 New Jersey State Conference NAACP Branch of the Year Award; and the 2019 Burlington County Outstanding Woman of the Year Award for Community Service.
Breaking barriers, building up, and uplifting other Black women is a passion and a priority for Crystal. Inspired daily by the African proverb “It takes a village,” the desire to offer assistance both personally and professionally lead her to co-founding Queen Village Career and Wellness Services. Black women are empowered through professional development services preparing them for entrepreneurial or career advancements, as well as mental health services, and overall wellness.
Crystal is a proud Legacy, and member of Jack and Jill of America Incorporated. She is also a member of the National Council of Negro Women.
Crystal Charley-Sibley is also a sought speaker with WordsEmpower Speakers Bureau, who regularly
presents at conventions and on panels focusing on civil rights, systemic racism, diversity and inclusion,
issues of educational equity, voting rights, affordable housing, police relations within the Black
community, and black maternal health and healthcare disparities.
"It takes a village!" Unified. Melanin and Motherhood is committed to the unification, restoration and preservation of our community.