Khadesha Gordon

What makes me ICONIC?

I march to the beat of my own drum and mine hums a soulful, joyous sound. The steady beat keeps me focused and shuts out all the noise. I make my own rules and bend time to my will. I’m like Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman in Congress and the first African American to run for the nomination for president of the United States. I am “Unbossed and Unbought.” I am unapologetically me.

The whole universe is mine to own and I see it so clearly. My superhero strength comes from being a mother. As a full-time college student and mom, my superpower is the ability to transcend time and space and be in multiple places at once. My sidekick is always with me and though it can get challenging at times, she is the reason I aspire to greatness.

I keep my plate full as civic engagement chair of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga Young Professionals and as a member of my university’s MocLEAD (Leaders Making A Difference) initiative. I’m also part of the inaugural cohort of the Styles L. Hutchins Fellowship with the Office of Mayor Andy Berke at the City of Chattanooga, a prestigious fellowship inspired by the legacy of Styles Hutchins, the first African-American admitted to the Georgia bar who opened his own law practice in Chattanooga at the age of 29.

One day, I too will practice law. I may take a different path to get there but when my sidekick looks up at me with awe and admiration it won’t make any difference how long it took. Look out universe, I am unstoppable.

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