My grandfather helped establish the South Broadway Baptist Church and Baltimore American Indian Center to serve as a hub for the newly established community coping with urban life. Perhaps it could be said that I’m following in his footsteps, living my life to honor his.
In 2011, I graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with a B.A. in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media. As an undergraduate student, I participated in a Service Immersion Program on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in 2010 and 2011. The experiences I had on Rosebud reshaped my thoughts on us being spirits on a humanistic journey. As a result, I have spent the time since then wanting to return to the region to serve the people for a longer period of time. AmeriCorps VISTA and National Relief Charities provided an opportunity to make this a reality.
This is my third experience serving Native American communities in the Great Plains region. Things beyond myself brought me to this place, brought me to this moment. Here I am sitting here in my office writing this introduction, preserving this moment with word. The moment is here and as you read this, it is long gone. Still, it lives on.