I was born in a house in the 2400 block of 34th Street in 1979.  Dad cut my umbilical cord.

My parents had a traditional “presenting to the community” celebration eleven days later.  

I was always taught to be proud of where I came from.

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The community I grew up in was very rich in cultural tradition.

My mother was a community organizer and a housing and economic development specialist in the earlier days of her career before being elected to the State Assembly in 1988.

Her father was a member of United Auto Workers and poured steel at J.I. Case in Racine, WI.  


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My Father, Reverend Dr. Omotolokun Omokunde, is a Presbyterian Minister and a Yoruba Priest, and he injected that culture into my life at the onset. 

He, my mother and my sister lived in “Oyotunji” an African village in Beaufort County, South Carolina, where my brother was born.

Dad was a social worker for many years and worked with many organizations on behalf of young black men.  

His people are from North Carolina, and he researched to discover where it was that our families had been taken from during the transatlantic “slave” trade.