January 16, 2023

She Gives Me Strength…

She Gives Me Strength…

My grandmother was born in Alabama, spring of 1935. Five days before her 33rd birthday, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. She along with her peers experienced first hand the impact of Dr. Kings untimely death.

My grandmother was raised throughout the time of Jim Crow, when state and local laws legalized racial segregation. To know that my grandmother once picked cotton for $2.00 a day. Today owns a home on close to three acres, which tickles my spirit. To know that out of the sun baked cotton fields of Alabama, my grandmother survived and created a successful life for herself is not only inspiring but encouraging! 

As a woman of color I stand on her shoulders as well as those who put their lives on the line for my freedom and opportunity to thrive! While there is still work to be done, I’m grateful for how far we’ve come. 

My first collection - Sweet Memories is dedicated to her, I’m beyond grateful she’s here to witness my journey. 

“When I think of my Grandmother – I think of God, she is the closet person to him that I know” - Tanya Scott

“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope” - Dr. Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968)