Celebrating Black History Month
LBA Celebrates Black History Month Feature Member McKinley James
This year, our Association is focusing its efforts on our membership by providing the tools to build new relationships and creating an atmosphere for important discussions. This includes diversity awareness. February brings us the perfect opportunity to discuss diversity in our local legal community and in the legal community at large as we celebrate Black History Month. Throughout the month of February, we would like to share the personal and professional journeys of our members who are African American or persons of color.
Featured Member: McKinley James
What does the celebration of Black History Month mean to you?
Celebrating Black History enables me to highlight the past achievements of my ancestors. Those achievements motivate me to work even harder at achieving my own personal goals.
The national 2021 Black History Month theme is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity." How is this theme related to your own life?
This theme is prominent in my life. I am very blessed to have a wonderful wife that helps guide our family in the right direction. Hopefully the identity that we have created sets a standard for future leaders who plan to capitalize on the same opportunities as my wife and I.
Why do you feel it is important that we promote conversations about diversity?
Diversity is very important for the overall growth of the community. We as a people must feel comfortable in our community. Comfortability for all cannot be achieved unless we become intentional about making sure everyone is included in all walks of life.
McKinley's favorite Black History Quote: "If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important, and you do that by being genuine and humble." Nelson Mandela