While she may not exactly be the rose that grew from concrete, she has emerged from the most adverse situations and is blossoming into quite a beautiful promise.
Tina Mims, graduate of Riverside’s California Baptist University, emanates a youthful and radiant shade in the promise quilt. Not only has she overcome severe economic and social hardships, but she has also overcome a learning disorder and several health challenges that have made failed attempts to threaten her high academic success on several occasions.
Nevertheless, Mims has always been one to accept life’s tests with grace by riding on the wings of faith.
Following the call of the Divine One and the ancestors, Mims is blooming into a civil rights leader in the making.
Born into a family of hardworking janitors from Chicago who worked diligently to make ends meet, Mims, the youngest child of five, became the first in her family to graduate from college. But perhaps what is more amazing is that she did so defying a disorder known as Visual Perceptual Disorder, a form of dyslexia where the eyes simultaneously move in opposite directions.
She conquered all of this while rising to the top of her class and graduating with at 3.6 G.P.A.
Though Mims’s unprecedented determination is rather astonishing, her loveliest attributes include her honesty, compassion, and heart for the community.
On a number of occasions, she states “I aspire to have a national impact on human rights and other legislation through the political process and hope someday to represent Riverside and nearby communities in the United States Congress.” This aspiration is already being met through her daily accomplishments.
Recently, Mims worked with a handpicked group of leaders as an Obama Organizing Fellow, where she received the chance to shake hands with the current United States President. Out of that experience, she was selected as the Deputy Field Director for Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV).
Of her most recent accomplishments, Mims has been selected into the prestigious William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is the recipient of several academic scholarships. She is currently residing in her Palm Springs home with her parents, awaiting the challenges, life lessons, and rewards that law school will bring to her in the fall. She is projected to graduate from Law School in 2012 with a Juris Doctor Degree.
Admonishing those who are walking similar paths to “keep going and to rely on the grace of God to see you through each day – step by step,” Mims remains humbled by her circumstances. “There were so many times I could have given up, but I’m beginning to realize that God must want me here for a specific purpose,” she reveals, amazed by her own statement.
Indeed, He does; indeed, Mims is a promise blossoming.
Each shade of the promise quilt is so very different, but so much a part of us all. We are all intertwined, connected. And as the ancestors and the elders say: I don’t want none of yours … but I want all of mine!”
Mims, who is as much of ours as we are hers, is one who will make us proud.
Blessings to you all. See you next week … with more of the promises that belong to us!
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