Brittany Echols

Social worker and Yoga instructor

Where were you born and raised?
Peculiar, Missouri.

What is your occupation?
Social worker and Yoga instructor.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Eating cold pizza at the zoo with my dad.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month means exemplifying resilience; showing the world how wonderful and capable we are as a community.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing the Black community?
Racism. Until all communities can tackle this issue head on, we will continue to have systematic injustices that disproportionately impact Black communities.

When did you realize you were Black in America and what has that meant for your life?
I realized I was Black when I noticed my teachers would treat white, and other non-Black students, with more respect and dignity. I thought that there was something inherently wrong or defective about being Black.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration to push for change?
My biggest inspiration to change has been my father. He has always had the highest expectations for me.

How have you supported or contributed to the local Black community?
I have supported and contributed to the local Black community through yoga and education. I also make a conscious effort to financially support Black businesses.

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