Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book  and building my speaking career!  You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up.  You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in

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John Hope Franklin

I was sad to hear that historian John Hope Franklin passed away today at 94. He died from congestive heart failure. Dr. Franklin's research focused on the history of the Southern United States. He wrote about the African American struggle to civil rights. And he taught the South's history, examining both the black experience and white experience. Dr. Franklin earned his bachelor's degree from Fisk and his doctorate from Harvard. He and other scholars worked with Thurgood Marshall to win Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. The brotha was deep and it's because of people like him I was able to go to good schools and get a quality education. Dr. Franklin was born in Oklahoma and lived in the South when segregation was legal. Can you imagine what he had to deal with? Read his book From Slavery to Freedom and his 2005 autobiography Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin . Go to the National Visionary Leadership Project website to learn more about him. He's somebody that all Americans should know about it. What a blessing that he lived long enough to see a black man become President of the United States.

Thank you Dr. Franklin.