Back to the Beginning
I’m back in the town where I grew up; not my hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. That’s where I was born; but I grew up; came of age, became the “me” that I’m still becoming in Jacksonville, Florida.
I came to JU with a prayer and determination.
Jacksonville University was an alignment of the stars. My teacher’s friend applied for me and the school accepted me even though I could not pay. Someone in the music department knew a rich dude who was looking for a student like me.
So, off to college I went. I knew no one and with the exception of choir trips, had not been away from home.
I was greeted by other JU students who introduced me to more. Then I got the magic; I was invited to think critically about everything.
I worked hard and kept dreaming, but this new world with little money was tough, so my senator from Delaware stepped in.
He called every day for two weeks to let me know that he was proud of me and that he would help my family if I stayed focused on my dream.
Senator Biden came through and I kept going.
I worked hard and harder and graduated with honors; when no one from my family could afford to show up, the entire cleaning and cafeteria staff came to “Represent.”
My world is big because my village is big-hearted.
Being here in this place where I got the notion to have a notion, I am moved, encouraged, uplifted and ready to be the change that enabled me to change.
Be you, be well, be changing.
Bertice Berry, PhD.