We asked folks about legacy and what they want people to remember about them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Ebonee Copeland | Entrepreneur/Founder & Executive Director of The Higher Learning Initiative

I aspire my legacy to be that I am remembered as a person who had some kind of positive impact on people’s lives. Whether it is family, friends, business associates, or even strangers, I aspire to be the person who inspired someone to be ambitious and dedicated to bringing forth and manifesting their dreams in life. I am fully aware of the power and significance for of being an influential individual who shows through actions that it is possible to achieve anything they desire to. I, myself have watched others and been inspired by their drive and determination where I was able to witness them evolving into being the best versions of themselves. As the saying goes, “actions speak louder than words. I know that I have people who are watching and praying for my success, and that is what pushes me to strive to move forward. Read more>>

Kareem McMichael | Filmmaker and Multimedia Producer

What is the most important factor behind your success / the success of your brand? What do you want your legacy to be? What do you want people to remember about you? I am still building my legacy but currently at this point I want my legacy to be that the bodies of work that I have produced and leave behind. Hopefully not only will some of my films, documentary films and writings be entertaining but I hope some of them will open up the minds of the viewers watching about different topics, people and subjects. To have my legacy to be what it is today there were several key factors to this success. My family being one. My mom, dad, brother and aunties and uncles. My friends along the way are all a part of the building of this legacy and I am grateful to them forever for not only their support but their business. They are a rich part of my growth and development. Read more>>

Leauxis Layne | Part Owner of Dripland Vintage

I want my legacy to be love. I want people to remember everything I have accomplished and given have been out of love. My love for fashion, my love for styling, my love of helping others. I want people to remember how deep, pure, and intentional every move I made was. Read more>>

Victoria Ravenell | CEO, Momma Makin’ Magic LLC

The single most important thing I want people to remember about me is that I took my situation, my finances, my downfalls and I used them to fuel my pursuit of success. Oftentimes, we get into a pity over what someone else has, the advantages of others above us, but I want it to be known that I was not the richest or had any advantage. I was a regular person who took where I was and made it into something that can continue for generations. I want what I leave to be able to fuel the younger generations into pursuing their dreams regardless of where they came from or how they grew up. Read more>>

Queen Shekinah | Holistic care Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, Youth Counselor, Writer, Dance AKA PHENOMENAL WOMEN

My legacy is rooted in authenticity! I always show up as myself and remain myself in every situation/ opportunity I am presented with. Honesty and integrity are also valuable assets, the keys to setting myself apart from quote unquote ” competition “ I said quote unquote because I see no one or nothing as competitors only myself and I want people to know that and remember that. Read more>>

Derick Pope | Media Producer, Director, and DoP

I want others to remember me as a pioneer; someone who paved a new way and opened new doors. In the black culture, athletes and entertainers are viewed as the most successful and get the most respect. Our culture, and especially our youth, needs to recognize more leaders in other sectors. For my legacy, I want people just see what confidence, risk-taking, and God can do for your life and how it can help you build an empire. Read more>>