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A Time of Reflection-Valecia Quinn, JFCS Navigate Director

This week we are highlighting JFCS Staff and Board of Directors and what Black History Month means to them. See below for our first highlight.

For myself, Black History Month is a personal time of reflections, as I think about the numerous sacrifices and accomplishments of those close to me.  My late parents, both successful educators, devoted their life to helping black Americans through their teachings and instilling the confidence of strength and perseverance to hold to their beliefs and life dreams.  I’m SO grateful for my ancestors, mentors and the many individuals who have stood and currently stand, fighting against racism and oppression.   Throughout my newspaper career and now at JFCS, I recognize the role of my work and its impact to reduce barriers and provide the opportunities that should be available and accessible to all.  The only barrier to opportunity (if any) should be determined by the individual, not by structural and intentional racism.

Every day, but especially each February, I pay tribute and celebrate Black talent and influence – past, present, and future!

Valecia Quinn
JFCS Navigate Director