Thank you to all the members that participated and provided responses, including:
NBC-LEO President, Councilmember Aaron Banks, Office of Ward 6, Jackson, MS
NBC-LEO Regional Director, Region Region 18 (NC), Dr. Monique Holsey- Hyman EdD, MSW, LCSW-R, Durham, NC
NBC-LEO Regional Director, Region 15 (AL) Wardine T Alexander, Council President, Birmingham, AL
NBC-LEO Regional Director, Region 2 (PA, NY, NJ) Councilmember LaShay D Harris, Rochester, NY
NBC-LEO, Second Vice President, Mayor Derrick R. Wood, Dumfries, VA
NBC-LEO Regional Director, Region 19(FL), Daniela Jean, Commissioner, North Miami Beach, FL
NBC-LEO, Regional Director, Region 6 (IL), Mayor Katrina R. Thompson, Broadview, IL
NBC-LEO Regional Director, Region 8 (MO, IA, NE, KS, CO), Councilwoman Ryana Parks-Shaw, 5th District, Kansas City, MO
NBC-LEO, At-Large Director, Councilmember Stephanie Moon Reynolds, Roanoke, VA
NBC-LEO Regional Director, Region 12 (AR, TN), Councilmember D’Andre L. Jones MA, MSW, Fayetteville, AR
NBC-LEO Assistant Secretary Amber Sellers, City Commissioner, Lawrence, KS
As a Local Black Elected, How Does Dr. King’s Iconic I Have a Dream Speech Inspire You 60 Years Later?
Dr. Monique Holsey-Hyman: Love, Peace, Non-Violence Approach, Equality. Dr. King’s” I Have a Dream” speech has significantly influenced my role as the new North Carolina Regional Director for the NBC-LEO, an At-Large City Council Member for the City of Durham, and an Assistant Professor at NC Central University for Social Work. In many other roles, I’ve held as a social worker for 25-plus years. Dr. King’s speech expounded on the idea of equality amongst both Blacks and Whites, and he specifically centered his efforts around achieving the ultimate end goal using a non-violent approach.
I have reflected on my past and present professional journey and noted that Dr. King was devoted to results and consistently urged his counterparts to fight back with intelligence, words, and a peaceful way of life. I have always been a voice of reason, comfort, and solutions for my students, clients, and the community of Durham. I am passionate about many things, but I focus heavily on the incorporation of all people and the importance of equality in all areas, such as housing, education, environmental justice, and safer communities for Black, White, Hispanic, or indigenous people.
It is my goal to improve the lives of all people. I will continue to advocate, petition, and vote in favor of initiatives that will increase the services provided to those who cannot advocate for themselves.
I will continue to use my voice to spread awareness about the cost of living in Durham, the need for more resources, the increase in violence, and the need for mentoring youth. For as long as I have had the honor of serving the residents of Durham, I will always reflect on the practical approach Dr. King had 60 years ago and use it to enhance the future social work practitioners and political leaders of North Carolina.
Posted on 05 Feb 2023, 11:22 - Category: News