I suppose you’re reading this section because you’re interested in finding out a little bit more about me huh? Well…I’m a mother, a wife, a sister, an aunt, a daughter, a cousin, a niece, a friend, a poet, an image activist (thank you Michaela Angela Davis), an educator at heart and an advocate for children. That’s it, no bells and whistles. I’m just a woman, who loves our babies and works continuously to foster their excellence.
My background is pretty grassroots. I graduated cum laude with a degree in finance from Alabama A&M University (The Hill). I didn’t realize, however, that my life’s passion would be encouraging young people, until I began volunteering at Girls Inc. What began as a short term community service project with a few friends catapulted into a 4 year journey with the organization; allowing me to promote self- esteem and self-determination through a cultural heritage course that I designed, simply entitled Afrocentric. From there, it was no turning back. I had officially fallen in love with motivating our children; and 20 years later, that love has yet to waver.
“Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?” was my first children’s book, and oh, baby oh, the places we did go! Launching it, I had no particular expectation, though I did have a particular intention. My intention was to create a piece of media that would work to raise the vibration of our youth, by allowing children of color to be seen in a positive light. What I didn’t know, however, was that to achieve said intention, I would have to travel far beyond my limited imaginings. And I have to tell you, that while on this journey, my intention has afforded me waaaay more than I could have ever expected! Quite honestly, this adventure has been so amazing, that I feel like I’ve actually mounted my very own Pegasus, and on each of her wings, she houses pieces and portions of my dream, that I didn’t have the capacity to fathom!
For instance, in my children’s book author fantasy, I didn’t see my book being acclaimed by Microsoft as a book that inspires STEM! I couldn’t conceptualize that my book would be selected to be showcased at the 48th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference! My vision didn’t include my book being a featured read aloud on a PBS Kids Show! It didn’t include connecting with Scholastic, or having my book cited in a Smithsonian Lemelson Center Paper! And virtual visits with students all the way in India, the UK and Africa? Never pictured it! Not to mention all of the beautiful and brilliant scholars that I’ve had the privilege of encountering along the way! Students hailing from the state of Washington to the state of New York! In fact, my very first author’s visit was at my old elementary school. How phenomenal is that? In short, this book has served as my tangible evidence, that dreams do come true. And it has allowed me to be a living testament of what a dream fulfilled actually looks like.
So to say that I’m grateful for this moment in time is indeed an understatement. I’m grateful for the opportunity to encourage, support and motivate our children. I’m grateful for all of you that have accompanied me along this journey, encouraging, supporting and motivating me along the way. I ask, with a sincere heart, for your continued support. Believe me, I am completely open to all of the awesome possibilities that are abound. In fact, I heard once before, that if you shoot for the moon, you’ll at least land amongst the stars; and right now, I’m feeling quite celestial! So take flight with me beautiful people, and let’s be amazed by what we discover together.
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT ME:
- My husband, son and I all have the same birthday
- Scrabble is my favorite board game
- I love breakfast for dinner
- I love cuddly socks
- I love to sit outside and watch ants work