Rochinda Pickens

Author, speaker & life shift coach.

Where were you born and raised?
Kansas City, Missouri.

What is your occupation?
Author, speaker & life shift coach.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
As a child I remember playing freely outside with my neighborhood friends.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is a time to continue the recognition of the things that have been accomplished by African Americans from the past and present.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing the Black community?
The issue currently of the Black community not being able to get the Covid-19 vaccine sooner than later. This hits very hard for me due to the passing of my mom from COVID-19.

When did you realize you were Black in America and what has that meant for your life?
My mom reminded me as a child to never forget that I was a Black woman and to always embrace all of me regardless of what others thought.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration to push for change?
My biggest inspiration to push for change was my mother. My mom always instilled in me to share my voice as a Black woman therefore my children will understand and see that they to have a voice in the world. My mom was a single mother of seven and she made sure that we knew our voice mattered even when others tuned you out.

How have you supported or contributed to the local Black community?
My greatest contribution has been the ability to serve others and help women move from a place of brokenness. I’m currently a part of Sister Circle of Greater Kansas City. It is an organization that collectively gives grants back to the Black community yearly. I’m also the founder of Kept Woman of God, a 501(c)(3) organization that creates workshops and conferences to help women get their footing back spiritually & mentally.

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