“I am a mother, a black mother, to a black boy. My life is dedicated to bringing change today to shape a better brighter tomorrow. Our breath depends on it.” – Lauryn Whitney
Lauryn was born in Wichita, Kansas to a loving family and was raised in Plano, Texas in a predominately white, affluent community. Identification and acceptance were consistently part of her journey as a black girl and woman in the world she grew up in. Never being black enough for the small black community that existed in her all-white town, and never being the white/right color for the majority. Her formative years through high-school she was often the only black kid in her class, understanding the complexity and disparity of both economic and educational access for people of color.
Being afforded the opportunity to attend Howard University, she met many students that looked and were raised very similarly to her. Yet, in the midst of mirroring beauty, she faced the outpour of poverty and miseducation surrounding the very university in which she stood. The economic, educational, and racial injustice she witnessed was suffocating. Although her life was sheltered, Lauryn’s parents worked hard to expose her to the disproportionate injustice in this America. Since a child, Lauryn has continuously asked herself, “how do I become a vehicle for change?”
Oprah Winfrey says, “your calling is what you feel, it is your life force, the thing that gives you juice, the thing that you’re supposed to do, and nobody can tell you what that is”. Lauryn Whitney’s life force is for the stories, the hearts, the voice of the people, and the thirst for healing worldwide. Lauryn is the Founder of Authentic Voices Media, a Multi-Media Platform built on storytelling, Community, and Social Change. She is a vehicle for change and a platform for everyday people. “My life story and experiences are the art of my craft and fuel for impactful CHANGE.”