Better late, than never.
I've had the privilege the past two years to profile some amazing leaders in the Brazos Valley African-American community. This year was no different. The four people I had the chance to meet were inspiring, led by example and proved they can overcome any challenge.
Chelitia Johnson works as an Assistant Program Director at the Lincoln Recreation Center in College Station. She's been there for more than 20 years.
Over that time, she's supervised and interacted with thousands of children. She knows how important the Lincoln Rec Center is to them; she was raised there herself.
Chelitia taught me that remembering your roots can keep you grounded. Everyone says,"Remember where you came from." Chelitia not only remembers, she works to keep Lincoln Rec Center a focal point for her community.
Chief Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams is the police chief in Hearne. His responsibility to the city doesn't end with the badge. Born and raised the small Robertson County community, everyone knows the Chief.
Thomas is the police chief, an assistant chief in the volunteer fire department, a father of seven and a part-time bus driver. His time is his most valuable possession and he uses it to give back.
Chief Williams taught me that position and power aren't all that important. He gives nearly all of his time back to the community that raised him.
Rev. Maurice Green
Reverend Maurice Green is a man of God. The pastor from Bryan travels the world, sharing his experiences and the Gospel, many times in churches with handmade pews and dirt floors. His passion stems from losing his mother when he was 12.
A life working for Christ has taken Reverend Green to places like Liberia, Africa, Mexico and the Middle East.
Rev. Green taught me that life isn't in our control. His calling to carry out God's will is something beyond his control.
Gwen Elder is the principal at A&M Consolidated High School. Beyond her job as Principal, she's a graduate, herself, of the high school.
Elder makes it a point to connect with her students. As a former student and graduate of Consol, she sees a lot of herself in the kids who pass through the halls.
Gwen taught me how important an education really is. She makes it her goal that every student under her watch graduates.
These four people are extraordinary examples of how to lead lives that are productive, influencial and important. They are making good in their communities. Good that can overcome and challenge.