How do you use writing or art in your life?
Everything is a story to me. I started in journalism, and I am always asking: What is the story here? What is the angle? I think all writing is an opportunity to be creative and get perspective. I may not be able to change as situation around me, but in writing I find a way in it and through it. A place for myself and my community.
What lessons/teachings from your family, home and/or community do you draw on in your teaching and/or scholarship?
Education in my family has always been about serving others. Lots of teachers in my family and pastors who mentored others. In both, I saw people who loved the people they served and did everything as if you were caring for your own child or parent. It was about understanding that the greatest among you is a servant. Whenever I see my work getting away from that love I don’t do it. Period.
What would you tell your younger self?
Know who you are. Don’t compromise. Let em talk.
Advice for new scholars and/or teachers:
Know who you are. Don’t compromise. Let em talk. But also persevere. There are so many people out there waiting to tell you no. Gate keeping is a thing. Be honest even when people don’t want to hear the truth. Your dignity is more important than some position.
Something else you want to share?
Love is still undefeated.