LaDonna Butler health counselour

The mental health counselor

Dr. LaDonna Butler believes in the power of strong African-American women such as the ones she witnessed growing up with her grandmother in south St. Pete. As a young lady, she admired these women, and now she is the target of admiration. 

Rene Flowers school board member

The school board member

School Board Chair René Flowers is the youngest of 12 children. She grew up in a time when separate was not equal, but children managed to walk away with a top-notch education. 

Faye Golden chiropractor in Dove Medicine

The chiropractor

Dr. Faye Golden is a medical entrepreneur. She owns the Dove Chiropractic Medicine, Inc. where she offers chiropractic care and provides alternative medicine services for pain management. 

Annie Tyrell St. Pete entrepreneur

 The entrepreneur

When Annie Tyrell moved her business from 34th Street South to the Deuces (historic 22nd Avenue Corridor), her visibility went through the roof. 

Angela Brown social worker

Angela Brown versus the system

What was supposed to be an uneventful Saturday afternoon on June 9, 2007, turned out to be a day Angela Brown would relive over and over again in her mind. 

Young leader Akile Anai

The leader

With less than 25 years under her belt, Akilé Anai represents many young and politically “woke” millennials and Gen-Xers living in south St. Pete.   

Jayda Taylor-Herring Blac midwife

The midwife

Jayda Taylor-Herring always knew she wanted to deliver babies. She dreamed of being an obstetrician as far back as the sixth grade. 

Nadine Smith Equality Florida director

Fighting for equality on all fronts

Nadine Smith represents different communities–all of them exploited throughout history. She’s black, a woman and a lesbian. 

Ashley Green during a public speech

The ‘X-Men’ as a metaphor for life

Ashley Green, 28, has always admired superheroes. She first became captivated by them as she read through her “X-Men” comic books where the epic battles between Professor Xavier and Magneto mesmerized her young mind. 

Bussiness woman Tahisia Scantling

Helping African-American businesses

There was very little leadership during Tahisia Scantling’s childhood on 13th Avenue and Melrose Street. For a young African-American girl living in a poor neighborhood, having a role model was very challenging. 

Young Shenyah Ruth in front of her church

 Setting the bar high

The path to becoming a confident teenager started some time ago for Shenyah Ruth, 17, ever since she was one of the few black children in an all-white school. 

Black mother with her five kids

 Breaking stereotypes

Five kids, three dads–one young African-American woman. 

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