Staff Highlight: Angela King
Angela is our Billing Compliance Coordinator and part of our Child Welfare team! She loves to spend her day working on social issues because she knows all the work is part of a broader solution. In honor of Black History Month, she shares with us her favorite quote that resonates with her.
What is your favorite part of your experience with Association House?
Probably the biggest benefit that comes from working for Association House of Chicago is the potential to spend every day working on a social issue you’re passionate about. At the end of the day, I can bask in the satisfaction that comes from knowing that all that work we’re putting in at the office is part of a broader solution.
Is there a moment in Black history that influenced your life?
I can’t name one moment. There’s so much that influenced me throughout my life as a black woman. I celebrate all of the black men & women that forged ahead to make a difference in our lives. To see a race of people who 50 years ago had no civil rights, not to mention that our first 400 years in America were spent in chains. So I guess our 140 years of freedom has to resonate the most with me and just look at our incredible progress inspite of.
What does anti-racism or equity mean to you?
Because racism is the foundation upon which our society and institutions stand, choosing to interact with institutions in a neutral way allows them to thrive. If we push to dismantle racism and promote racial equity, we are anti-racist.
Do you have a favorite mantra or quote?
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi. I know it’s a bit cliché but I truly believe we have to challenge social inequities. Sometimes inaction makes you complicit. It is our responsibility to be more kind, patient and demonstrate effective leadership to our youth.
What is your favorite piece of Black art to consume (tv, movies, music, art, books, businesses, etc.) to consume? Our culture is represented in many forms of food, music, dance art, storytelling, and religion. Black culture is James Baldwin and Charles Drew. It’s Nina Simone and Neil DeGrasse Tyson and countless others. Black culture birthed jazz and invented open-heart surgery. Rap, Blues & Rock were voices to our pain and joy so therefore black culture is American culture.