‘Lift every voice and sing,
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list’ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us:
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.’
—Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson 1900
We sang this verse every day at school after the Pledge of Allegiance and the U.S. National Anthem.
In Memory of our fight for freedom and the aspiration that everyone will lift every voice to love and protect.
In celebration of Black History Month
—I’m so excited to finalize my manuscript for publication and what a better month to do it than during Black History Month.
I’ve decided to share my coming-to-age memoir with the world. I want to inspire all people to lift their voices in faith and hope and continue to lift them until we are truly liberated. As I always say, “I will always be the one to tell MY STORY first…”
‘A Cultural Experience’
A part of my purpose in life is to share who I am and how far I’ve come to encourage others to keep pushing forward even when it feels as though you have nothing else in you.
Bravely MisEducated: How I Lost My Voice (The Root Edition) is the story of Betty, a young brown-skinned girl growing up on the south side of Chicago. Around the age of 5, her parents separated and so ended Betty’s relationship with her father.
Betty and her eight other siblings moved from their private home to public housing projects. They were quickly exposed to poverty, violence, oppression, and inequality. As a result, Betty bravely shares her journey on the miseducation of how she lost her voice.
Betty is all-grown-up now, and she struggles with her identity. She decides to reflect back on her childhood to help her find the root of why she is so unhappy.
As she reflects back, she discovers indications of how she was losing her voice. She has also realized that she suppressed so much pain due to several traumatic experiences she encountered and never truly faced.
Betty realized she was miseducated. She should have talked about what bothered her and learned HOW to express all her emotions in a healthy way. She regrets not standing up for herself and for other young children she grew up with in the community because of the impact that later affected them all….
Betty doesn’t want to live like the little girl she once was so she finally speaks about her childhood, life, and what she has learned from it. She also started on a path of forgiveness to others and herself. Now Betty can be emotionally free from bondage. She realizes the cause of her struggles as an adult was due to the lack of forgiving others, including her father, who abandoned her at the age of five.
Betty no longer lives trapped in shame as she courageously speaks about self-healing, freedom, love, and truth. She learns how to live her life unapologetically. The shame of being raised to show no sadness, and vulnerability, has slowly vanished within Betty.
A Worthy Cause
This is a memoir that reflects, my childhood journey…I am sharing my childhood experiences within the protagonist, Betty. So as you are getting to know me as I am today, you’ll also have a deeper understanding of my development that led me to create this platform. And this book is the first series of ‘Bravely MisEducated: How I Lost My Voice’ so get ready for it because it’s coming to you!
Another inspiration of mine, one that strengthens me to deliver my testimony in a book, is my love and passion for the youth. Our next generation, who will make this world a brighter place for us all. Sharing this testimony is an encouragement to the youth and families. It shows that living your life in truth, and by finding the root to all your shame, will help deliver you from those vulnerabilities. And it inspires you to help others get to that place of self-acceptance as well.
A percentage of every book sold in the year of 2018 will go to a non-profit organization.
The non-profit organization is ‘Girls in the Game.’
Tell me about some of your cultural experiences that may have affected you in a positive or negative way. Have you identified your ‘root’? How can you as the individual, bring positive change to our community?
Also, check out the podcast below from one of our previous shows to hear more information on my first book series of ‘Brave MisEducated: How I Lost My Voice’