How MLK Day and the NAACP Image Awards Gave me Inspiration for 2018
As the new year began to immensely soak in; I found myself watching the 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards ceremony on the night of MLK Day. I was filled with feelings, reminding me that it was okay for us to dream. I’d realized that I had lost sight of my dream. My dream of sharing my art with the world alongside others who are bold enough to have shared their art as well.
We shall overcome. We are overcoming.
The women at the Naacp Image Awards were inspiring. At the age of 41, I am still that little girl watching from afar. Ironically, it doesn’t seem so far away anymore. The overall message here is for us to help each other overcome.
A gift of creating beauty just by living and now sharing my beauty from within. My beauty of art coming from my heart. To reach those who may have lost hope. Something so easy to do in the days of past and present.
Join me and the host of others who are passionate about changing their lives leading to a brighter future.
MLK’s life’s work; a legacy for all eternity. Let’s build together.
I pray we all get to experience that enlightenment of all that truly matters to us. We are all different and are all works in progress. That is what makes us so creatively unique. Embrace it. Challenge it. Be it.
Thank you, Almighty Creator.
Kashinda Marche, is a Newark, NJ native, mother of rising actress Asia E. Marche, a 2021 TEDx Speaker, community advocate, and a published author.
Her diverse course studies obtained from the UNC School of Social Work and Magellan Healthcare as a State-Certified Peer Support Specialist include digital peer support, wellness-informed peer support, engaging families as healthcare partners, and the ethics of peer support.
Despite losing her ability to walk, living life with multiple chronic illnesses including HIV, and surviving four brain surgeries, she feels called to be a helpful resource to communities around the world. She has facilitated countless virtual workshops and served as a self-esteem mentor to the Empowering Steppers, a school-aged female step team in Raleigh, NC.
Kashinda demonstrates community and collaboration and has dedicated herself to joining collective efforts of empowering, educating, and uplifting our Black and brown communities.
Also, in 2021 Kashinda was featured on Voices for Change, a Spectrum News 1 segment. And in 2020, she was recognized as extending hope to women in need by MonarchNC, an organization committed to supporting, educating, and empowering people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders.
Kashinda thanks her family and loads of friends and supporters worldwide for their love and encouragement.
She serves to pay it forward by helping others believe in themselves and their ability to heal their inner selves.