Like most women, I wear many hats: I’m a wife, a mom, a teacher, a writer, a fashionista, a songbird, a chef, an artist — and so much more. At the heart of all of these roles, I am a passionate woman of God, humanitarian and social activist who cares deeply about those who have been and continue to be systematically and historically disenfranchised. I have found myself feeling lost and disconnected for most of my life, although all the while wearing a smile. After healing from the many tumultuous seasons of my life (a short stint in jail, the untimely deaths of my mother, daughter, and grandmother, an abusive marriage, homelessness twice over, and alcohol abuse), I found my truth. I found my voice. As I began to positively construct and disseminate my newfound truth-filled voice, I discovered that the more transparent and truthful I became in my sharing of myself and my experiences, the more my voice resonated with people from all walks of life.
Favorite Dr. King quote:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Why is this your favorite quote?
I first remember hearing this quote as a student watching a documentary about the Civil Right movement.
This quote resonates with me because it is rooted in MLK’s truth, faith, and advocacy as both a Pastor and an intellectual influencer. No matter the cause, it is the love that allows us to hear the words unspoken, to read between the lines, and to extend compassion across clearly divided lines.
Vivett Dukes is a teacher in New York and a staunch inmate rights advocate. You can find more of her writings at Speak Ya Truth