This Black History Month, as we celebrate the achievements and resilience of Black individuals and communities across America and Canada, I find myself reflecting on the unique intersection of my identity as a Black woman, an autistic individual, and a motivational speaker. I stand at the crossroads of multiple dimensions of diversity, championing not just the cause of racial equality but also the acceptance and support of neurodiversity within our communities.
Being Black comes with its own set of challenges, yet being Black and autistic, or Black and LGBTQ+, introduces a complexity that often goes unrecognized. It’s a reminder that our fight for equality must be inclusive, embracing all facets of identity.
As a motivational speaker, I draw upon my personal journey to empower others. My message is one of perseverance, vision, and the power of dreams. Like Martin Luther King Jr., I too have a dream. It’s a vision that plays over in my mind like a cinematic masterpiece, a future where my children and my community thrive, unencumbered by the judgments of society.
My “power base,” as many have inquired, stems from my ‘why’—a deep connection to this vision. It’s what motivates me to bridge the gap between where we are and where we aspire to be. Inspired by the words of Napoleon Hill, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve,” I advocate for the power of belief and vision in overcoming obstacles.
This month, let us not only celebrate the richness of Black history but also commit to supporting all members of our community, including those who are neurodiverse. Let’s challenge the stigma, embrace our differences, and work together towards a future where every dream has the space to flourish.
As I continue to navigate my path as a Black, autistic woman raising two beautiful boys with autism, I am reminded of the strength that lies within our stories. They are not tales of sorrow but of immense strength, resilience, and hope. My dream is not just for me but for all of us—to live in a world where our children can dream without limits.
This Black History Month, let’s celebrate every part of our identity and support each other in our journeys. Because when we lift each other up, we all rise.
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