BY Lorna McNeill, Ph.D.

As Jamaican immigrants, my parents stressed the importance of education. They felt that was the best way to succeed in America – and so I did.

I worked hard and graduated high school as valedictorian. I knew that I wanted to get out of New York for college, so that led me to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, I focused on African American studies and got my first understanding of how I could make a mark on...

Portrait of Lorna McNeill, Ph.D., against a blue background. Image shows a Black woman with long brown hair and brown eyes wears brown-rimmed glasses, a blue surgical face mask and a black dress.