Do You and Do it Well: Advice from April Ryan

by Carjamin Scott on January 23, 2019 at 7:11 a.m. CST

I’m currently reading Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House by April Ryan. I have an affinity for Ms. Ryan because she is a female journalist of color who has served as a White House Correspondent for the past four presidents. She is someone who is courageous and speaks truth to power.

She is a single mother from the inner city of Baltimore and represents a view point unlike most of her peers. During her talk at Vanderbilt she was open about the scrutiny she endures under the Trump administration. She mentioned, “I cannot go home with my head down, I have to keep my head held high. There are days when mommy is wearing a perfect smile, but I am tired.”

I had the pleasure of assisting with the planning of April Ryan’s visit to Vanderbilt during MLK weekend. I was able to have dinner with Ms. Ryan, attend her keynote lecture, and receive some advice. After I told her how much I respect and admire her, she responded, “Honey, let me tell you something, be you, do you, and do it well. Go forward and kick the door down.”

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