Written By Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine
All Photos Credits for this story- AJ Photography
There isn’t much that Latonya Garth can’t imagine.
The formal affair was complete with live music (including songstress Angela Davis, whose smooth voice effortlessly resembles that of neo-soul artist Jill Scott), entertainment such as modern dance and poetry highlighting the false world of social media, and powerful shared reflections.
Jackson, who will attend Macomb Community College in February 2017.
Jackson was followed by Lauren Sowell who mentioned that the sessions “Know Your Worth” and the “Five People Factor” through I.M.A.G.I.N.E. have really helped her. Sowell is a detox nurse at age 24. Although she is a young mom and regrets the effects from her former lifestyle, she remains determined, and moved many in the audience to tears, including Garth.
The woman of the evening was introduced and began her speech by having her daughter Micah recite the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. proclamation. It became apparent that Micah, aged 2, hears those words recited often.
To her dad’s relief, he yelled “Well, strip on then!” followed by laughter from the crowd.
Garth wasn’t ashamed to admit that she had not intended to be the keynote speaker for the event. But doing so was
just what she needed. It was as if her speech was a form of catharsis for her. She spoke about not letting others get in the way of your dreams. She effortlessly and honestly reduced people to three categories saying “Don’t ever let anyone change you… people are either for you, against you, or in your way.”