James Peters had known me for all of five minutes before he opened up about the death of his father, his own unemployment, homelessness and drug addiction. His honesty was startling and powerful. He spoke with conviction, unashamed of his reality and that left me inspired.
Click here to listen to James tell his story.
I interviewed James for the "On the Block" series for Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. The series is a platform to amplify the voices of city residents. These stories cover a wide range of topics from remembering a time when kids could play outside to inequity in education. When I approached James, I had no idea that he was homeless or the tragedy he had experienced in losing his father. He did not have to tell me that but, because he did, I hope that he can be an example for all of us to accept who we are.
Call it unabashed optimism, call it ignorant hope or call it whatever you like. In my opinion, we are a bit more human when we can embrace the good and the bad of our lives.
Click here to read other stories I have written about people experiencing homelessness.
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