By Melissa Noel via https://www.nbcnews.com/
“My work is a vessel for empowerment.”
“She Thrives: Black Women Making History Today” puts the spotlight on 10 amazing individuals whose achievements transcend generations, occupations and regions. These women — all leaders in their communities — are truly elevating the conversation around black identity, politics and culture. Meet all of our “She Thrives” honorees here.
Valencia D. Clay
Teacher, Baltimore Design School
Harlem, N.Y. Lives in Baltimore
Words you live by
“One day at a time.”
Amy Sherald, artist who painted former first lady Michelle Obama’s portrait
How she thrives
“My work is a vessel for empowerment.” That’s the way Baltimore teacher Valencia D. Clay emphatically describes her passion as an educator. Clay, who has become a viral social media star for her bold and inspirational teaching style, pushes her students to think critically, be culturally conscious, and have confidence in their abilities.
“I think the most rewarding part about being an educator is that your work is very reciprocal,” she told NBCBLK. “So, as I teach my…