Dana Patterson is proud of her success because it does not belong to her alone. It belongs to the ancestors on whose shoulders she stands, and it belongs to the future generations that will follow her.
Benny Smith is proud of his success because he is deliberate in using the investment of time and energy that a community of people have given him throughout his life to make a lasting impact in the lives of others.
Brandi Hinnant-Crawford says that her success makes her humble, appreciative and grateful. She is proud, but not of herself; She is proud of the fantastic community that raised and nurtured here. And her success makes her accountable to that community.
Myron Jackson is proud of his success because it taught him to be grateful for the help and support of others. One cannot succeed alone.
Shamella Cromartie didn’t recall the first time she heard that “if you live by the cheers, you die by the boos,” but it stuck with her and it shapes much of her thoughts around success.
Getting a PhD certainly isn't easy and there are few Black professors to model after, but Mwaniki also was fortunate in a lot ways and didn't believe that a degree made him smarter than others.