Reflections & Introspections
From Leaders, Researchers & Renegades
With A Blessing and A Lesson:
How I Proved
"I was an only child raised by my Mom's parents in a rigid God-fearing household. Growing up sometimes felt like a tug of war between my Mom, Kaye, openly gay and free-spirited, and my strict grandparents. My father was absent, and I never knew much about him until my teen years. My demeanor, or stature, maybe my boldness, was always misjudged as being aggressive. Because of that, I never was complimented much. It also made me a target for people wanting to size me up."
- Nikki Lewis-Whaley,
Trauma Survivor and Positive Influencer