I am an educator, administrator, community organizer, and follower of Christ. I was born in Roxboro, NC, to my parents Janice and Marcus Blackwell, Sr. I have one sister, a niece and a nephew. I have bonus sisters and some amazing best friends that I love and adore. They have helped me, support me, and loved me.

From my education in the public sector to my university education, I have strived to do my best, and that includes graduating from the community college system with associate degrees in early childhood and pre-nursing, graduating from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and a MA in Liberal Arts. I am currently in graduate school for a MS in Gerontology where my ultimate focus is advocacy and research for aging LGBTQIA folx and the care needed in late adulthood.

After graduation, I went back to the community college system and worked under the Piedmont. Community College Child Development Center.  Following my time at PCC, I went back to UNCG to work as a cooperating teacher at the UNCG Child Care Education Program. I was hired, and I worked in this position for 3 years, and I then transitioned into my current position as University Coordinator within the program.

There have been many mentors who have helped me and pushed me to strengthen my skill set in social justice leadership and organizing, and I am truly thankful for those people. With the assistance, guidance, and leadership of Reverend Nelson Johnson, Joyce Hobson Johnson, and the late Louis Beveridge, I have been able to learn what it means to be in a space and not just fight for me, but to fight for others. I was able to attend the Proctor Institute for the Children’s Defense Fund multiple times because of them, as a participant and as a leader in the Intergenerational Conversations workshops. During this time, I have been pushed as a leader to do work and be a guide for future possibilities with the assistance of Reverend Janet Wolf.

AS I started to work on social justice, I found out about this  group that was working  to bring the story of the Greensboro Massacre (November 3rd, 1979) to school age students.   As I learned the story, I started to realize that the current leaders in the community seeking justice with and for others know the story, but the majority of people living in the community don’t know, especially our children. This information is personal. The Greensboro Massacre was real, and it still plays an important role in how we move today within the Greensboro Community.

Photo Credit : Lewis Brandon