“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
Cassandra L Richardson-Welch ’s life emulsifies these words, for she is an overachiever and a dedicated servant who lives by this motto: “Together, we can make a difference.”
The youngest of thirteen children, born to Pastor Julius C. and First Lady Eula E. (Wright) Richardson in Beckley, West Virginia in the 1960s she is an exemplary model of the rich family values instilled in her, the embodiment of hard work, integrity, and sincere faith. Her father was a coalminer for forty years while serving as pastor of one of the most notable congregations in the black church community in her small town, so leadership and service was naturally handed down like a good piece of an older sibling’s clothing; her mother, an innovative domestic engineer, added something new and even more magnificent to the piece with each hand-me-down, until it eventually became something new and wonderful, a custom-tailored piece of love and advice that Cassandra applied wholeheartedly.
Cassandra has held many director seats and gained inspiration while serving as executive director of the Rosa Parks Institute for Self-Development and one of the chairing director for many NAACP events and movements. She is a Civil Rights advocate, lobbying for the National Employment of Lawyers Association (NELA) and the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), as well as other volunteer efforts. Cassandra utilizes her transitional leadership skills to write with patience and energy. Her talents work synergistically, guiding her through powerful storms, to beautiful rainbows. Through it all, she stays the course. She works hard, but that diligence comes from a place of inspiration and peace rather than fear and necessity. She works her passion, lives it every day, and brings it alive in her stories.
In the past few years, something has shifted within the author. She has learned to live a life of meaning, and like the lively, passionate Emily penned in her pages, she has discovered that the path to one’s destiny does not have to be predetermined in order to be fulfilled.