INSPIRED: Ms. Christina Beacham
Christina Beacham is an alumna of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She’s currently working as a registered nurse in an emergency room in Texas. She finds inspiration in her grandmother Jessie Ray Sampson.
Why did you choose your grandmother Jessie Ray Sampson?
“I learned the lesson of perseverance from my grandmother. She moved from Marksville,Louisiana to Los Angeles,California all by herself and had to push herself everyday to make it. I am currently in a similar situation. I moved from Gardena,California to Houston,Texas but I fortunately have a great support system down here. I do miss my family at times, but I just try and push through so I can further my career just as my grandmother did for her career.
I also chose my grandmother because of her story. She was so focused on making a better life for herself. She didn’t let anything or anyone get in the way of pursuing her dreams and relocating out of Marksville. My grandmother’s character can be described as loving and a hard worker. Since I was a little girl I've seen my grandmother go out of her way to provide for her family and those in need and I hope to do the same. “
What does Black History mean to you?
”Black history month is a time for us to celebrate our black culture. All year white history is considered the “standard’ that is taught to our young black children in school. This month is the time to celebrate our roots and get to know the ancestors who have influenced and inspired us today.”
How do you plan to inspire others?
“I plan to inspire the next generation by being an example. I believe having someone to look up to that is going in the direction you are going is very important. As black people we are usually the minority. It is important for me to show younger black men and women that they too can go to college and obtain a BSN if that is their dream. We can do anything we set our minds too and I want to be that example for the next generation. “
Photos submitted by Christina Beachman.
Chief Editor, Mariah Stewart