Thursday 20-10-2016 - 15:07
#ReclaimBlackStories is NUS Scotland Black Students' campaign to share the reality of Black history and what it's like to live in Scotland at the moment - as told by Black students.
As cliché as it may be, the most influential person in my life is my mother. My father passed away very early in my childhood and consequently, I was raised solely by my mother who, after the death of her husband, had to find time to grieve, keep a home together, and raise and provide for two children alone. She taught me (and is still teaching me) how to be courageous when facing adversity and to stand for what I believe in, even if I am the only one standing. Given the issues facing black people today, particularly back home in the U.S., these lessons become more and more relevant every day. I am grateful for my mother’s guidance and support, all of which contributed to making me who I am.