Add A RENAISSANCE OF OUR OWN: A Memoir and Manifesto on Reimagining to your reading list, Sis! It’s an important addition to the conversation about antiracism, intersectional feminism, and self-discovery that comes from a deeply personal journey of discovery.
We all have those moments in our lives when we realize that the old ways of doing things just don’t work anymore. It could be how we approach our relationships, our beliefs, our work, our education, or even how we rest. This is a renaissance- a way of creating something in our minds that doesn’t exist yet, but we believe it should. For Rachel Cargle- activist, philanthropist, and CEO, the power of reimagining has been a lifelong process. In A RENAISSANCE OF OUR OWN, we get to witness the transformative moments in Cargle’s life that led her to discover her true identity.
At times, these moments were painful, but always inspiring. They serve as a guide for all of us to use our imagination—the space where we can go beyond limitations—to live in alignment with our deepest values and to build a world that isn’t bound by oppressive structures. Rachel invites you to acknowledge the ways of being that come from societal expectations rather than your own truth and to embark on your own renaissance.
My conversation with Rachel was a goal realized. Even before I launched this podcast, I made a list of my dream guests and of course, Rachel was on it! Our conversation was everything that I hoped it would be. She was just as kind and affirming as I imagined and am so grateful that our paths crossed.
Rachel is the Akron, Ohio born founder of The Loveland Foundation, Inc., founded in 2018, which offers free access to mental health care through the Therapy Fund for Black women and girls. She is also the founder and CEO of The Loveland Group, a collection of social impact companies that include The Great Unlearn, an online learning space that provides resources and critical discourse with a monthly curriculum taught by Black academics and thinkers whose work points toward a more equitable future and Elizabeth’s Bookshop & Writing Centre, a space that promotes, amplifies, and celebrates marginalized voices. She is a regular contributor to Cultured Magazine, Atmos Magazine, and The Cut, and her work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Forbes, Harper’s Bazaar, and The New Yorker.
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