On a daily basis, people combat the struggles of life and continue down the roads of uncertain turns and unforeseen headaches. As complex and uncertain as everyday life can be, one issue that should not be uncertain is justice; justice for all people. I have seen the sufferings of people tossed about the legal system because of lack of money, socio-economic backgrounds, or ethnicity. It is now, during my junior year of college that I stand, understanding that it is my duty as a man of integrity, to become that servant leader that will, as my institution so proudly represents, a candle in the dark. This decision that I have made has always triggered passion within me, and now consciously alerts me of the critical decision I must make to be the change I want to see. To that end, I decided to dedicate my life to uplifting and serving the people of our world as a voice of legal of representation. I understand that it is my divine mission is to leave this world, and its justice system, better than how I found it.
I was faced with many hardships as a youth, but my mother would whisper to me, “Life is full of ups and down, surprises and confusion, but remember that there is nothing that you can’t make it out of.” These words have become my motto for living and my mission for a career in law. As an attorney, I will instill in my clients the assurance that no matter what happens, there is nothing impossible to achieve.
From an early age, my parents instilled in me the Golden Rule, “Treat others the way in which you would like to be treated.” At the age of ten, my parents and late Aunt Pamela M. Shepard created the Shepard-Johnson Food Bank Ministry at our church, Central Church of Christ, in which we delivered food and living items to elderly and low-income families in our community of Macon, Georgia. It was through this act of service that I learned the importance of reaching out and being of service to all people. . This idea of helping the individual, who is a part of the whole human race, is something that is very important to my family and through our church life, and our community involvement; we have tried to ensure that we are providing the greatest good for as many people as possible.
As a junior Political Science major at Morehouse College, I serve as Vanguard Lead Instructor for the Vanguard Scholars Leadership Program, in which I teach a weekly Leadership Development class for freshmen students who reside in the William J. White Hall Center for Social Change & Empowerment at Morehouse College. It is in this program that I promote principles of effective and ethical leadership in society, with an understanding of character and servant leadership.
Upon receiving my Bachelor of Arts Degree, I will complete a Juris Doctorate in Law, and spent a lifetime working as an advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.