Tell me a little bit about yourself.
“Well, my name is Ginnesha. I am from Los Angeles, but I moved up here about two years ago to escape the noise. I really like the peace and quiet up here. I have recently been finding happiness in trying new things and traveling. I have started doing daily affirmations and prayer, which helps me start the day in a peaceful mindset. Today’s affirmation was about having a stronger mindset – ‘The older I get, the stronger I become.’ I’ve worked for Community Transit for about seven to eight months now. My motivation to come to work comes from not liking being lazy. If I take the day off, I regret not coming in because I would rather make money than spend money.”
What does Black History Month mean to you?
“I consider every month Black History Month. I think it is a time to embrace our culture and celebrate. There are more events, celebrations, and people showcasing their talents and culture. This is our time, our moment, where we can branch out and open ourselves up more to a lot of things. Black History Month really is our time.”
How important is representation to you in the workforce and community?
“Representation is very important. I like to feel welcomed. I like to feel like me, as a Black woman is wanted somewhere. I don’t like feeling like an outcast, but I like being noticed in at least some little way.”
How can others best honor Black History Month?
“I’d suggest people get closer to someone of color, so they can properly teach them how to celebrate Black History Month. People can also attend events and celebrate alongside Black people. I’d also say that being aware of what is going on and what is appropriate and inappropriate would be helpful.”
At the end of the interview, Ginnesha said, “For a person of color, don’t be afraid to take the lead or take charge. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort and step outside the shadows. Step out and be that person of color and be that role model.”
These words reflect that even today there is still work to be done to advance and advocate for Black voices to be heard and highlighted.