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I am joining MassMutual in celebrating Black History Month by sharing my very own #JourneyOfYou story. My family history and my heritage is very important to me. I come from a diverse background and it is very important for me to embrace it and honor it by teaching my children about it.
My grandmother migrated to the United States from Jamaica, West Indies in the 1960’s with her youngest three children. My mom was the oldest girl and migrated to the United Kingdom and then came to the States in 1980. As a result, my sisters and I were born in the United Kingdom. As it stands, my great aunt is the only family member that had children born in America until my generation. Now that I have been here for over 30 years and have children of my own, our family history from the Caribbean to Europe to America is very important to me. I want my children to grow up loving their diverse background. Not to mention The Hubs diverse background from America and the Caribbean.
Ours is a rich culture and we continue to honor it daily by sharing stories, serving traditional dishes and even speaking in our native patois when we are around family members and friends. Like most families of Caribbean heritage, we have found and embraced a community around us that is comprised of people from many different countries and backgrounds.
What this means for my children? They get the best of both worlds. I consider it a privelege for them to come from such diverse parents and I hope in teaching them about our history, I am raising open minded and well rounded children. Sharing stories of my grandmother and her sisters, their journey to America, working and doing missionary work will allow my children to understand that hard work no matter your background pays off. My grandmother was only grade school educated and became a mother at the tender age of 16 however she went on to be very well known in our Brooklyn neighborhood and back home in Jamaica as the woman that was always able to help someone else. She raised money, collected food, clothes and supplies to be sent to Jamaica, other Caribbean islands and to charities right here in the U.S. My grandmother’s legacy is us her grandchildren all of whom graduated from college, became successful professionals and business owners. Her great grandchildren are well on their way to doing the same with two currently in their 3rd year of college one studying to be a pharmacist and the other studying to be an early childhood educator. I know my grandmother is looking down on us and smiling.
I stand on the shoulders of my grandmother and it is my duty to continue her legacy of love, charity, support, business and education in my life and in the life of my children. I dedicate my #JourneyofYou to you Hazel May Wilson (1916-1997). Your legacy lives on.
Join me and MassMutual in celebrating Black History Month this February. Learn more about how MassMutual is helping families in Building a Financial Legacy. Follow along and share your own story in the comments or on MassMutual on Facebook or MassMutual on Twitter with MassMutual using #JourneyOfYou.
What is your #JourneyofYou story?