I was born in 1961 in Mississippi ion a family of ten children. Out of the ten children, I was the fourth born. Growing up during this period was full of challenges bearing in mind that we were living below the poverty line. Despite that, we were subjected to poverty that did not make me lose my desire of ever wanting to become somebody in future. But instead, the hardship made me struggle hard to make my life a better one as compared to what we were experiencing during 60s and 70s. I will always thank my family for performing a major role by allowing me to join Northeast Lauderdale County School District, which took place in 1967. To prove to them that their effort to take me through the school was never in vain, I joined the University of Southern Mississippi to pursue nursing where I later graduated in 1983. Upon graduation, I joined the United States Air force where I served as a commissioned officer from 1983-1986. While working in the air force, I was elected to public office for five consecutive terms making me feel like a public servant.
As I commenced my public education, the desegregation law had been legalized by the Supreme Court but not yet effective. The experience I went through while attending classes in Northeast Lauderdale made me feel like changing the law to suit everyone. Discrimination was the normal order of the day. Severally, I could hear people say, because you are black you will work twice. That was injustice and during that time, they were allowed. Since it was allowed, it gave me the determination to work hard so that I could be of help to those who were not able to stand for themselves.
I have dedicated my entire life to public service, and I served eight years as legislator/law maker. I am compelled to use my JD from the University of the District of Columbia to represent the underprivileged. I recognize that justice must the objective and not merely an alternative for all who are called to advocate for the good of all people. Understanding that people are an imperfect being, I will focus on collaboration, restoration, and reconciliation while moving towards justice.
I became an advocate for my rights at a young age because there appeared to be no one else that looked like me and was willing to stand up for me. My parents instilled in us the need to get an education, do our best and fight for what is right for all people. I kept that in my heart, and this day I live by that principle. Looking back in time, I realize that injustice was the norm, and this gives me a greater determination to advocate for justice for all.
Therefore, it gives me the joy of my heart to apply and pursue a legal education in your institution. With my legal education from University of the District of Colombia David A. Clarke School of Law, it will render me qualified with the fact that the University has a good reputation as far as quality education is a concern. I am compelled to use my JD from UDC to represent the underprivileged, because, Justice must the objective and not merely an alternative for all who are called to advocate for the good of all people. Understanding that people are an imperfect being, I will focus on collaboration, restoration, and reconciliation while moving towards justice. I am looking forward to being considered for admission.