Why Did you Join LFW?
I seized on an opportunity to gain insight and experience, while taking a pilgrimage to Africa. But, I began to overlook what could be obtained, for what I could potentially give. Throughout the process, bonds began to form, and I acknowledged that I was surrounding myself among future changemakers that mirror my image. This was an opportunity to join an expansive community of innovators with a collective mindset to change the world; one individual in a community at a time.
What was the biggest lesson you learned in the program?
This journey with LFW has taught me to make peace where you are, and with who you are. There are so many places that African-Americans and other marginalized groups feel out of place. Even now our political landscape is built on divisive divisions and makes anyone who doesn’t share a European phenotype feel out of place. Making peace where you are can be in your country, state, city but mostly internally.
How did your LFW experience, impact your life today?
LFW has impacted my life in various ways that I wouldn’t have even fathomed. From my experience, I expected to meet some interesting individuals, gain international exposure and have some inspirational and insightful chats, but it was more than I imaged. My experience was challenging at times, but it humbled and amazed me to see how much I can impact others. The leadership skills and bonds formed from the journey has encouraged me to break barriers and challenge myself to seek greatness, while creating an enduring legacy for my family.
Maurice Rodgers is a senior at University of Louisville working towards becoming a Professor in African American History and Political Science. He is expected to graduate this Spring with a BA in Political Science and Pan- African Studies. At his alma mater Olive-Harvey College, Maurice served as the Student Government Association Vice President, a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and a part of the One Million Degrees program.
After graduation, Maurice hopes to continue his scholarship, and plans to return to Africa for humanitarian and research efforts.