Erica Donaldson-Ellison

Occupation: Freelance Poet and Writer

How has 2020 made you stronger?

I have been able to talk about micro-aggressions with other people. I thought that my work experiences were just my own and wrote a poem called "Something is wrong ..It must be me". In 2020, I have shared my story and I have listened to the stories that others have to tell. I have become present in a larger family called the human race.

Where has your joy come from this year?

Enjoying, sharing, and participating with other people and feeling no longer separate, no longer unique in my struggles. I have always reminded myself that there is someone out there struggling and anxious too. In 2020, I found those someones and together we made a difference and the future looks more hopeful - brighter because steps are being taken towards goals.