Annice Fisher: #roadtofreedom
THIS WEEK'S TRAILBLAZER IS FREEDOM FIGHTER, ANNICE FISHER.
READ ON TO LEARN ABOUT
ANNICE'S PERSONAL JOURNEY:
1. WHAT DO YOU WANT US TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY, AND WHEN DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR DESTINATION?
I exist in this world to “create environments for people to actualize their full potential” and BEcome FREE. I seek for others and myself, freedom of our mind, body, and spirit, to live counter-cultural to what the “world” tells us we “should” be. Achieving this type of social justice is not one act but a way of life, it is the conscious decision to challenge oneself and others to refrain from participating in systems of oppression that help to maintain inequity and the status quo. FREEdom is my life’s work and one day, “I hope to stand before God and say, I’ve used everything that you gave me (paraphrase, Erma Bombeck)”!
2. WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME HIGHLIGHTS ON YOUR #ROADTOFREEDOM?
First, I off I feel blessed that God granted this girl from the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, the opportunity to defy the statistics! His grace and mercy have sufficed me.
- I liberated myself: I freed my mind, body, and spirit by developing a healthy regimen, digging deep into the Bible, Quran, and other faith-based texts (see below), and protecting and nurturing my “mindspace.”
- I have the constant support of God-fearing parents and have been mentored by some wonderful angels.
- I have confidantes and DST Sorors that support me, ground me, and keep me sane!
- I became an entrepreneur and launched Developing Capacity Consulting and #GiveSankofa.
- I lived across the United States in IL, IA, AZ, CA, NC, MA, NY and traveled the world.
- I found a self-authored Annice and graduated with my Doctorate from Harvard.
- I led small groups, created women empowerment networks, got elected/appointed, and served in every community that I have lived in.
3. WHAT ROADBLOCKS HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED, AND WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THEM?
I have experienced rejection from a variety of sources (schools, jobs, people, men, organizations), been accused of being an “angry Black woman” because I am passionate and walk in my power, run for positions and lost, launched initiatives that failed, cried my eyes to soreness because I chose “folly” over wise advice, and continue to work through my insecurities.
In the midst of the challenges and outright failures, I learned to speak truth to power with two scriptures, “let us not become weary in well doing for in due time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up (Galatians 6:9)” and “all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). I also learned self-work is critical—therapy, laughing/having fun, daily spiritual practices, forgiveness, a life vision, and trusting God is key to maintaining my mind, body, and spirit freedom.
4. WHAT RESOURCES DO YOU RECOMMEND TO THE REST OF THE #ROADTO_ COMMUNITY AS THEY TRAVERSE THEIR OWN PATHS?
- Teachings for Diversity and Social Justice
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed
- Malcolm X Speaks
- Sisters of the Yam
- Year of Yes
- A Return to Love
- Don’t Settle for Safe
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
- 5 Keys to Finding Your Soulmate
- The Wait
Is there anything else you would like your #roadto_ Community to know?
Visit www.givesankofa.com and consider giving back! I am “going public” in 2018--follow me and @befreeshow on instagram to find out when!