What do you see in the young generation today that makes you happy?
“There is a level of consciousness and awareness that this younger generation has, and an ability to self-reflect and decide if something is beneficial for the greater good or not. This wasn't something that was necessarily ingrained in folks my age when we were younger. It is something that developed over time. To be raised in and of that spirit is wonderful, and ensures that people make more intentional, and deliberate choices. That is hugely important for the happiness, meaningfulness, and fulfillment of one's life.”
Your voice has power. How do you use it now and plan to in the future?
“I was raised to speak truth to power. I use my voice now by writing and speaking, and I write articles and op-eds to raise the level of discourse, if I don't see it happening in the proper arenas. I use my voice as an advocate, and to ask why. Making people explain their reasoning will often expose the flawed logic and lack of reason behind those decisions. That's when the change happens.”
As a black woman, what makes you hopeful?
“The younger generation is full of women who are clear on what they want, how they want it, how they want to get it, and aren't afraid to ask for an fight for it. That makes me very excited. I also hope to raise my daughter with this same spirit.”