On January 1, 2013, Mid South Kwaanza, Inc hosted it’s annual Kwaanza Celebration on the last day of Kwaanza, Imani, which means faith. I was one of seven individuals honored for my community service. My day was Day 3, Ujima, which represents Community Work and Responsibility. It is an honor to receive an award. It’s a walk, and not an easy one. I am still striving to recover from all that I personally and professionally lost as a survivor of domestic violence. However, I have made a commitment to use my education and experiences as a road map for others to follow. I do what I do because I am committed to helping as many people as I can to experience their God given right to have peace of mind and live their lives healthy, happy and free. I believe we all have an obligation to do what we can to help our fellow man.
I cannot help everyone, and I certainly cannot do it alone. However, I do believe that change, real change, can and will come over time. But, collaboration, attention to the needs of those in need and a willingness to sacrifice some time and talents is necessary. I am honored by the acknowledgment, but if I can assist even ONE person to experience peace of mind and self sufficiency, then what I do has relevance and meaning.