Point of It All
At 77 who knew that I’d be where I am today. One of the most influential black judges from Charlotte, North Carolina that served on the Supreme Court, and was able to say “I made a change.” However, I would have to be honest with myself and admit that I faced so many roadblocks and struggles that sometimes it was by the grace of God that I was able to remain humble and persistent to achieve my goals.
In 2016, I graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC with a 3.5 GPA. I had no idea what I was going to do with my Bachelor of the Arts degree in political science, seeing how I had been so focused on graduating in 4 years that I didn’t take the time out to apply to graduate school or law school. I knew I wanted to be a lawyer but I did not know what how I was going to obtain that goal. It was just my luck that one of the professors in the political science department, who also happened to be a lawyer, noticed my amazing spirit and drive and offered me an internship at his law firm for a year. I was ecstatic! What a great opportunity. I remained in Washington, DC and worked at his law firm as a full-time intern. I would file papers, read case briefs, and grab coffee. What a rush!
Meanwhile, I studied for the LSAT and applied to Howard Law School and Georgetown Law School. After my year of interning came to an end, I decided that I would attend Howard Law School. I was offered a full-time position at the law firm upon my graduation if I passed the state bar to practice law in the district. Needless to say, law school flew by and I passed the bar with flying colors in 2019 and it was time to begin my career. At the time, I wasn’t satisfied with being a small time lawyer that practiced civil law cases. I wanted to make an impact.
Around 2015, little black boys were being killed on the street in cold blood as a result of police brutality. A movement called Black Lives Matter had been started to combat the senseless killing of Black men and women by reckless police officers. But with institutionalized racism, how far was the movement going to go? I decided that the problem was at the top of the spectrum and I would climb the political ladder to make a change. I began to work for the federal government at the Office of Telecommunications from 2021 to 2022. I then served as the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights from 2022 to 2028. Finally, in 2028, the President of the United States appointed me as a Supreme Court Justice. I saw many cases in my day and it was amazing to overturn appeals and set precedents that would affect people across the nation forever. I was able to uphold Affirmative Action in college admissions and persecute a police officer to the highest extent of the law when his case was appealed for shooting an unarmed, black 12-year-old. Those were the best years of my life.
I met the love of my life when I was 21 years old. We were so similar we were practically twins. His name was Dwayne Perkins. We were both on a political science path and he supported my journey every step along the way. We got married when I was 26 years old while I was finishing up my work at the law firm. The honeymoon vacation in Peru was beautiful. I bore twin girls, Laila and Lillian in 2022 and they had big brown eyes just like him. My family is one of most prized possessions. Dwayne and I were married for 45 years before he passed, bless his heart. Lillian is a doctor and has 3 beautiful children and Laila is in the WNBA and married to some famous basketball player. They’ll go on to continue my legacy and they’ll impact the world just like I did.
Although my career reflects my passion for civil rights, I did a large amount of volunteer work with the Big Brother, Big Sister Program for DC’s youth. I had been in the program as a child and I wanted to give back to my community by participating as an adult. In the program, every volunteer is assigned a “little” brother or sister to help mentor them and guide them in the right direction. My little was named Teyana Jackson. She was a little rough around the edges, she grew up in one of the roughest neighborhoods in DC, Berry Farms. We struggled at first, she did not want to participate in the program and would voice that very loud and clear. After a few months of outings, she began to open up to me and I began to understand her frustration and anger. Who knew I could identify with a teenager at the age of 30? My own girls thought I was a party pooper. After about 2 years, Teyana went off to college and I paid for her first year of college. She recently got accepted in Yale’s medical school. I think my leadership role was bigger than just volunteering. I made an impact on a young girl to better herself and exceed society’s expectations.
One of my biggest accomplishments was starting a charity called “A Village Can Raise A Child” with my best friend Tandrea Gibson in 2026. We wanted to be able to give money to Black families in need who lost their children to gun violence, police brutality, or suicide. We also provided shelter for runaway teens that did not have a place to go. Our mission statement was, “We strive to serve our community and help our brothers and sisters in their time of need. We will excel in our efforts to support any family that has lost a beloved child and house any teen without a home to return to.” Tandrea was the president of the charity, I helped fund the project as a silent business partner. It was a great success & many people appreciated our efforts in the DMV area. By 2028 it had expanded into Philadelphia, North Carolina, and Georgia. Our business deal was amazing, sometimes business doesn’t well between friends but Tandrea and I had the same core values and the same end goal in mind.
In 2069, I was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer. It was a surprise but at 69 years old, I still had a lot of fight left in me. I’ve spent this past year in reflection and chemo. A life in pursuit of something better led me to be a Supreme Court justice with a beautiful family that gives back to her community. But what did that all mean? My girls think the chemo is driving me crazy but they don’t understand that God placed me on this earth with a purpose. And whether I served that purpose is very important to me. With that being said, after a year of contemplation, I’ll be leaving half of my wealth to my girls and their families and the other half to “A Village Can Raise A Child.” God’s purpose was rooted in my selflessness and pursuit of the happiness in those around. That was my something better I had been looking for all of the time.
Although it may seem like my life ran smoothly, there were many times that I had to figure out how to juggle the challenges in my life. When I had the girls, my career was put on hold and I didn’t know how I was going to raise two beautiful daughters and save the world at the same time. Through prayer and patience, I managed to create two beautiful women who will take on their own challenges all while pursuing my career goals and I’ve only missed one dance recital to date.
In 2026, my husband’s mother died and he needed all of my attention. It was a very rough patch in our marriage because I had the charity to tend to and I had to mentor Teyana once a week. I mourned along with my husband but sometimes he didn’t feel like I was making a good effort to be there for him. Almost at the stage of separation, we decided to seek marriage counseling to overcome our issues. It was one of the best decisions of our lives. We attended counseling twice a month and practiced exercises to rekindle the romance. I knew I fell in love with that man for a reason. Overall, I didn’t have to slow down on my career or roles in the community to save my marriage. It only took a little patience, understanding,and communication. My roles as a wife, mother, leader, and career woman may have overlapped with one another but I wouldn’t change a thing about my life. This is my memoir. In parting, I wrote my epitaph:
Beloved Mother & Wife
“Joy is internal peace, being connected to what matters”