Educator | Storyteller | Author
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My Story



“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

— martin luther king jr



My story begins as a "colored" kid in 1950. Such was the description on my birth certificate of me, my father and loving mother. Unlike other African-American families in rural Vicksburg, Mississippi at the time, we owned and worked our own land: 160 acres of cotton and corn. In this respect, we were lucky. In other ways, we were not so lucky. Although we owned our own land, we shared the pain and burden of segregation with others in our African-American community.

Despite our hardships, our community was strong.  Our community shared timeless values, rooted in the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. These values led me to pursue an advanced education and earn my Ph.D. against all odds, move to Seattle, and to become an educator and leader in the community. My journey continues to this day, as I share my story and the values I learned growing up in rural Mississippi. 

My life's work? To inspire others, especially youth, to overcome their own obstacles and to be a force for good in the world. 

As part of my work, I have lectured throughout the country in my areas of expertise and welcome requests for speaking engagements.

My Work