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Second Grade.


My experiences in Kentucky fueled my passion for equality and justice.

In 1975, my parents divorced and I moved to Oakland, California to live with my Mom.  Up until that time, I only knew I was an American.  It wasn’t until I was six years old that I learned what it meant to be an African American.  I really didn’t know anything about discrimination until we moved to Lexington, Kentucky.  In Lexington, we were the only African American family in our neighborhood and the only Black kids who were not bussed to school.  Those experiences fueled my passion to stand up for equality and justice.

My first time seeing snow in the mountains of Syria.


I Learned that the most important thing about me was that I was an American.

Being raised in a U.S. diplomatic community, I learned that the most important thing about me was that I was an American, and that being an American was very special.

My older brother Vincent and I, playing in the courtyard of our temporary housing in Morocco.

After Turkey, we moved to Morocco, and then to Syria.

Me and Nemo on the balcony in Istanbul Turkey.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, my Father joined the United States Foreign Service.  I was born while the family was posted in Turkey.

I am the daughter of Kenton Keith and Brenda Ayo Keith.

They were married in 1963.