In the early spring of this year, I was invited by Joyce Brewer of Mommy Talk Show to share in a special opportunity sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank with local social influencers. The Untold Stories project celebrates the rich heritage of African-Americans through the #MyUntold social storytelling movement. This unique storytelling program provides an intimate look at what it means to be African-American today.
Each time I am blessed with opportunities such as this, I am always reminded of the countless Easters, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas speeches I made on a box in front of the pulpit at Tabernacle Baptist Church. LOL! These experiences were a set-up for something I could have never imagined!
Tabernacle Baptist Church in Monroe, LA were truly my humble beginnings. Mixed with varied childhood experiences, from church to the theater, my exposure played an important part in shaping me and reminds me at opportunities such as Wells Fargo, that I am supposed to be the room. I haven’t always thought that. Insecurity and fear are REAL! I dealt with an unhealthy amounts of fear and over concern of others opinions for far too long that had me STUCK and STAGNANT. However, as I continue to step in faith, minimize the thoughts of what I don’t want versus what God wants and others need the journey is much more bearable.
Thank you to my parents-Brenda and Bobby Kyles for keeping me involved-from running me around town, to checking me when I wanted to clown your seeds were definitely planted on fertile ground. Thank God for Esther Little (My Grandmother) who planted the seed in my mind as a child by referring to me as Lady Di or Princess Di to remind me that I am royalty. It took a village to rear this Queen. It took men and women both to help me walk in my royal identity.
I am forever grateful to my family and the village of New Tabernacle Baptist Church, Monroe, Louisiana who gave much, so I can become the woman I am today. I pray I make God shine and the ancestors proud. Ro Wright and I always talk about not letting our ancestors down, because of all that has been poured into us. WHEW!!!
Zechariah 4:10 NLT
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the LORD that search all around the world.)
In honor of Irma Howard, JoElla Williams, Matthew Williams, Eula T. Williams, Nealy Dunnings-Britton, Joe James, Clem and Lucille Toston, Doris Welch, Geraldine Woods, Dr.La Vargne Gunn-ford and Eleanor Smith. Soo many more, but these I am thinking of today.