Legacy – a gift of property, especially personal property, as money by will; a bequest
Let’s think about it this way. Every time you leave home you are representing your family. That’s the way I was raised. My dad was constantly asking someone, “who are your people?” My dad even began asking my friends when he came to North Carolina. I thought it was odd because we’re from Michigan. No matter where I lived I had to remember that I represent my family, and I did it with pride.
My grandfather moved to Michigan from Mississippi. He was apart of the Great Migration movement, when blacks were moving from the rural south to different parts of the country. In this case, Grandpa John resided in a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan; Benton Harbor. He became involved in local politics, purchasing land, and working to provide a solid foundation for his family.
I can remember the stories growing up about my grandfather being involved in the funeral business in some capacity, and he was quite a handy man. Several years ago my dad was cleaning out my grandfather’s office, and came across this ticket. As an Archivist, I felt I had struck gold. It was another piece of our family legacy that I could add to the timeline of our history. It also made me think that he had the faith to run for such a position over fifty years ago. This handsome man was looking to represent the county as the Coroner, and I must not forget he was the first black Justice of the Peace in Berrien County.
He was simply Grandpa to me, and that was a title that he admired. He truly wanted to make a difference in his community, and provide for his family. What will your legacy say about you? You can make a difference in your community and the world, but it all starts at home! How will you make a difference today? I’ve started with writing the vision, and making sure I live this one life that I do have with no regrets.
What are you #SteeleThankful for?