Happy Black History Month: Thankful To Those That Began Clearing the Path

I wanted to take a moment to honor my ancestors and all of those that came before me. I know that many doors and opportunities were open to me as a black woman because of them. I am so grateful for all of the sacrifices made.

Not only do I speak gratitude, I consistently try to show gratitude by striving for excellence so as not to disappoint or dishonor the many that came before me. Sometimes this is exhausting, as many of you know, but I think it comes with the territory of being born a black woman in America. As a proud black woman, I am willing to bear the burden of exhaustion when necessary.

In honoring those that fought for my ability to dream the “American Dream”, I hope to continue the legacy of opening doors for those coming up behind me. While we have come a long way, we are far from reaching our destination.

Much Love,


Me being sworn into the practice of law 21 years ago! That is my mom holding the Bible and the Honorable Cy A. Grant Sr. swearing me in.

Author: Tonza D. Ruffin

Perfectly Imperfect but VERY PROUD WOMAN, MOM, LAWYER, and AUTHOR, but most importantly...LIFE LOVER! I laugh loud, I work hard, I play hard, I am adventurous, I am curious, I am driven, I have moments of deep insecurity, I am loving, I am vulnerable, I am explosive (not one of my finer qualities), I dance around my house alone, I am an awful perfectionist which makes my insecurity worse, I sing out loud in my car without any concern for whose watching, I have trust issues, I do not live through my children, I no longer try to force my children into the mold that I created so that I could feel validated as a mother, I am a risk-taker, I am guarded in my personal life, I am kind, I am grateful. I am so excited about the rest of my life!

2 thoughts

  1. So proud of my ancestors and the sacrifices made so I could sit at the table near the restroom

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