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How My Black Heritage Has Shaped Me

  • Publish Date: Posted about 2 months ago
  • Author: Paula Bloodsaw

How My Black Heritage Has Shaped Me

​My Black heritage has shaped, and will continue to influence, my African American experience in the United States. My African American roots are deeply embedded in the American experience, and have been fortified, serving as a buffer amidst inequalities.

How My Black Heritage Has Shaped Me

As a child, growing up in Lakeland, Florida, I realized how my Blackness had more of an impression on others than it did on me. Specifically, I beat the odds by earning a spot on the cheer team at a predominately White high school; the vitriol that I received motivated me to persevere. I have always been acutely aware that my Blackness is not always welcomed.

My grandmother raised me to never forget where I came from, nor my identity, regardless of the boundaries of society. It is because of these principles that I chose my position as a Paralegal at MATRIX. Growing up in an African American neighborhood, I never had the opportunity to witness African American people in positions of decision-making or interacting with such a globally diverse people. As a Black woman in corporate America, my role at MATRIX permits me to work in the challenges of change management, process implementation and the legal practicum. As I have worked hard, I would encourage other African American women to consider positions with companies that provide opportunities to showcase their talent, education, creativity, and broaden their horizons.

My Black heritage has inspired me to be an eager listener, learner, and innovator. Through it all, my strong Black heritage has compelled me to perform with the highest standard, remain humble, and to always approach every day with confidence. I embrace adversities not as losses, but as lessons learned to enhance my marketability. I am thrilled to work at MATRIX, where we are focusing on being an authentic, transparent, and multi-culturally inclusive global partner.