Damita Glaude’s involvement in politics is relatively new as this will be her first real foray into activism and organizing. Her training as a journalist and experiences in college provided an opportunity to learn about issues affecting the people around her as well as outside communities. Now, Damita, who has a bachelor’s in communication from Kennesaw State University, hopes to use her skills to inform and advocate for change.
What inspires you to get involved in the political process?
My freshman year in college was instrumental in helping me develop a voice and a passion for helping people. Growing up, I thought that politics was an old man’s game. I would never know enough to ever get involved. But change starts where you are, using the tools you have access to. College taught me that you can make a difference by using the unique skills and voice you have and I think I finally have enough courage to do so.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
I would love to meet Audre Lorde. Lorde’s thoughts on women in academia, queer women navigating life and personal politics are still relevant decades after her passing. Her contributions to feminism are unquestionable and I would love to ask her questions on how to be a better activist. Her quote, “Your silence will not protect you,” still shakes me as someone who has tried so hard in the past not to rock the boat and speak up for what I believe in.
How do you recharge?
I recharge by disengaging. Constantly absorbing news and discussing issues is emotionally and mentally draining. Structuring my schedule so I’m only checking news sites and social media periodically and not every hour on the hour makes a world of difference. I’ll read a book, take a walk or have a fun conversation. Anything calming that will take my mind off of current events for a while.
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
Become a staff writer/editor for a magazine, take part in a large scale community project and get into grad school.
If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
I want to fly! I hate driving and if I could fly I wouldn’t have to! Also, soaring through the air and floating through clouds sounds like an amazing experience (minus the bugs and birds).