My name is Joie’ Johnson-Walker and I am 23-years old from Maplewood, New Jersey. In my short 23 years, I have been inspired by women before me to be a role model of substance for the younger generation. These are the kind of women I call “Powerhouse”. A Powerhouse is someone of great strength, tenacity and compassion. The special thing about her is that she does not have to be a celebrity to be outstanding. Highlighting the beauty and accomplishments of young women in their everyday lives can show others that you can still be outstanding without the glitz and glam.In my own way, I am a Powerhouse because I take pride in the ‘non-traditional’ route. One of my greatest accomplishments was graduating from Temple University in 2014, having overcome obstacles set before me. People can be mean and have a way of making us feel inadequate or undeserving. Instead of allowing that kind of energy to defeat me, I took the road less traveled and decided to stand firm in my conviction, despite what the rest of the world expected.
For as long as I can remember, I was always faced with adversity. Being a black woman in this society was the first strike. Being educated, spiritual and compassionate only added to the mix. There have been many times when I felt like throwing in the towel because it would make life easier. However, to truly be a Powerhouse, a woman of substance, I had to realize that my trials were not for me, but for those watching me, seeking inspiration.
I am not where I want to be in life, but at the same time, I am not where I used to be. I am entering my second year of graduate school, focusing on Journalism and Public Relations. My ultimate career goal is to work in multicultural marketing. A dream of mine is to become a professor who teaches about the importance of media literacy among minority groups. But, my life’s purpose is to encourage my community to celebrate the unique gifts in one another and understand the eternal gift of love and compassion. Without these things, nothing else is important.