Bishop Omar Jahwar
Bishop Omar Jahwar’s pipeline from the Hood to the White House is filled with a host of historically “unusual” partnerships and alliances that extends to his shared network.
Bishop Omar Jahwar was considered “The Voice” of Dallas urban communities, most notably as it relates to social change and eradicating senseless violence. He was the founder of Urban Specialists, an internationally renowned community leader and advocate.
Bishop Omar spent over 23 years promoting strong families, helping to strengthen communities, and advocating for peace. Since he was 17, Bishop Omar worked diligently to curb the violence plaguing urban communities and became a prominent leader within of the urban culture.
Over 20 years ago, Bishop Omar became the first state appointed gang specialist in Texas. In this role, he negotiated peace terms between incarcerated rival gang members and in 2000, brought over 400 gang members together to negotiate the first peace treaty between the infamous Blood and Crip gangs in Dallas. Widely known all over the world for his results-driven approach to interrupting senseless violence and bringing about positive change in communities with increased crime, and high poverty rates.
As an authority in dealing with gang violence, Bishop Omar spoke at the White House on multiple occasions, and consulted with Russian officials on gang issues. His pipeline from the Hood to the White House was filled with a host of historically “unusual” partnerships and alliances that extended to his shared network.
He inspired and provided solutions around the country for businesses, educational institutions and school districts, nonprofit organizations, congregations, and communities.
Bishop Omar’s legacy continues on through those he impacted. His son Omar Jahwar II is the President & CEO of the Bishop Omar Jahwar Foundation and carrying the torch to shine a positive light throughout the world.