The Beacon of Light

On April 3rd, 2018 we launched The Beacon of Light, our new photo documentary book project in collaboration with Photographer, Amir Saadiq. It is my pleasure to share bits of our journey by featuring the real issues and people touched in this book, as we act on our mission to improve the social and economic status of individuals departing from poverty.Launching this blog on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination is divine to me.  I was 4 years old when I first met MLK Jr., my hero, while watching his funeral.  Backwards right?  You normally meet your hero first, and then they die. But, as a child born in the civil rights 60’s, MLK’s death was a paramount event that opened my eyes, touched my heart and sparked my sense of justice.  Today, I am well aware that I do this work in a larger context, as a part of bringing about love and justice to individuals in need.

The Beacon of Light, a term first used by my dear friend and sister-in-social justice, Kristi Laughlin, describes the impact of our work in the community.  This documentary collaboration began on March 22, 2018,  the day Amir walked into our social enterprise, offering to “capture our work.” I thought to myself, how did he know I wanted to do this?  How did he know I’ve always wanted to highlight our story?  Bring light to the beautiful women we’ve served over the years?  Rewrite their narratives?  That’s how life works right, think about something long enough and it eventually comes to pass.

It is my hope that through Amir’s photos and my words, you will not only learn about our story but you will “feel,” our story. The Beacon of Light will be partially unveiled at our Mother’s Celebration  on May 6th, 2018 and briefly shared on our social media, as we bring it to life. It is our hope that you enjoy and appreciate our story.

With love, Tracey, founder urban university