I am forty years old. I have been working full-time since the age of eighteen. I have been Black my entire life — this will never change, however, this is the first time, someone in a position of power at any of my jobs has taken the time our center manager has to hear me.

Does it change what I feel or ease the heavy weight on my shoulders? No.

But, it is a start.

Tre L. Loadholt

My nights are incomprehensibly long without reprieve. “If only,” I whisper, “I could find peace.”

I am drained of all sense of reason. I know the time has arrived I willfully prepared for and have been patiently waiting for my exhaustion to reach out of me. CKS