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.