“Kenisha Anthony delivers a well-crafted story of one person’s life - REAL AND RAW – and character-building wisdom for all our lives. ‘The smartest people are lifetime learners,’ she writes. Building upon pain, poignancy and progress, Kenisha teaches us all.” -David Lawrence Jr., retired publisher of the Miami Herald and now chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida Fear is an emotion to which we can determine our response. We can allow our fears to hold us back and never discover the what-ifs, or we can choose to face our fears, challenging them head on to reach heights we never dared to imagine. An abandoned child of drug-addicted parents and Florida’s broken child-welfare system, Kenisha E. Anthony was left to wonder if anyone would ever want her. As a young girl, desperate for love and belonging, she bounced from one unstable home to the next, packing only resentment, abandonment, and heartbreak to take with her. Still, Kenisha found her way, ultimately breaking barriers and shattering statistics. Against advice to “just get a GED,” she earned both an undergraduate and graduate degree with the aid of tuition exemption per Florida Statute 1009.25(1)(d), a resource for children aging out of foster care. As an advocate for change in the child welfare system, she found her voice in the presence of state legislators and earned a name as a dynamic professional and change-maker in the field of social work. Kenisha shines a spotlight on life through the lens of a survivor with a vivid portrait of her journey from victim to victor, rising above hardships that could have easily left her defeated and destitute. This is a story of triumph, redemption, and the will to become more than just a Ward of the State. Teeming with vulnerability, candor, and wisdom, this unfiltered reflection of Kenisha’s life is, fittingly, more than a memoir. It is a social awareness tool for anyone who’s faced adversity, beat the odds, and refused to be labeled.
LABELED: Ward of the State