"I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE THEY UNDERSTOOD ME, AND I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE WE HAD SIMILAR EXPERIENCES. AND THEN, EVEN IN THE CLASSROOM, I FOUND MYSELF HAVING TO “PROVE” MYSELF A LOT, ESPECIALLY MY FRESHMAN YEAR."
Tekita Bankhead was born in Columbus, Mississippi in 1989. Living in lower income housing during her childhood, she had to bear the loss of her brother early in life. However, she fought through it and continued to overcome adversity, eventually earning a full scholarship to Mississippi University for Women as a first-generation college student. Finishing her undergraduate degree there, Bankhead now works in Champaign-Urbana as the Assistant Director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois.