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Thurgood Marshall, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Can you write your mission statement in 10 words or less?

I thought I had a clear view of mine until I was asked this question.

As a child I loved to write. I would make up stories and write poems. I wrote several drafts of children’s books, and even had ideas I felt would be great for a children’s book series.

But playing sports was my passion.

Why I started this blog

When I started this blog over three years ago, I wanted to spotlight the achievements of African Americans in the fields of health, education, food and sports. I wanted my mission to be more than just eating nutritious foods and exercising to stay in shape. My goal was to bring people together by the shared interest of food, cooking, healthy living and physical activity. The aim of the blog was to discuss how these interests helped shaped their lives and served as an inspiration to others. When it came to writing my mission statement in 10 words or less, however, my eyes stared at a blank page. It was hard to do, yet I knew what I wanted.

The truth is, when you know your passions, and understand what you value in life, writing a mission statement is simple. My mission statement therefore, became to “share the values of black culture through food and sports.”

 

Let’s build a stronger community

Another reason I stated this blog was to show others the value of being a mentor. I asked people who I considered role models — teachers, parents, caregivers, and coaches – how would you motivate a child to excel? What stories would you tell to motivate a child to pursue their dreams? What experiences could you share to uplift the black community?

As a case manager I felt that the presence of strong Black role models in the Black community was lacking. Slowly and steadily, the morals and principles of these communities was decaying. I felt that if more African Americans – especially males — would take a stand against violence and poverty, our communities would become stronger.

If you can find strong leaders in a community, the people in that community will be saved.

To quote the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, “none of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.  We got here because somebody — a parent, a teacher, or athletic coach — bent down and helped us pick up our boots.” These mentors may have encouraged us by paying for a meal, or helping us to make it through school.

Do you consider yourself to be a strong role model? Let me know. I’d love to hear your story.

 

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