Where were you born and raised?
What is your occupation?
Athletic director and basketball Coach
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Holidays with my family at my grandmothers home.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
It is a celebration of people who paved they way and sacrificed for individuals like myself to have freedom and to be able to accomplish the goals I have for myself. Black history is American history and should be celebrated throughout the year.
What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing the Black community?
The most important issue facing the black community at this time is the justice system. We live in a world where far to often we as black people suffer far harsher punishments and are faced with extremely different challenges then other races. There is basically two justice systems and that issues is causing a tremendous amount of inequity and destroying communities across the country.
When did you realize you were Black in America and what has that meant for your life?
At a very young age because I grew up in rural or smaller communities where often racism and prejudice were prevalent. It taught me that in most anything I was involved in I had to go above and beyond to be recognized or accomplish my goals. It has created a sense of pride and toughness that allows me to face adversity head on daily. Everyday is a life lesson being Black in America and we have to continue to push for equality in all phases.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration to push for change?
My three children are my biggest inspiration to push for change. I want them to eventually see a world where they are truly equal and accepted for who they are not the complexion of their skin. I want them to now experience racism to the degree that I did and be able to raise their own children one day in a world of acceptance and equality.
How have you supported or contributed to the local Black community?
I coach sports and work in the KCPS school district to advocate for the community. I mentor and volunteer as much as possible to help our youth understand the importance of education and using their platform for change.