Young. Black. Poor. From Oakland. If someone heard that description, they probably wouldn't picture someone well-spoken and educated. But I want to change the way the world looks at people like me.
When I was born, according to the U.S. Census, I had a 30 percent chance of being born into poverty because my parents were African-American. And I was poor.
Having no money introduced me to a life of humility. I was constantly borrowing from others and asking for favors. Hunger was no stranger to me, either.
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