A SEAT AT THE TABLE. I come from a BIG family of loud, jolly Howertons. We love loudly, tell big stories, and eat big meals. As a little girl, I listened, laughed and soaked in the awesome stories told by my elders, but I had to listen to them from the kid’s table — the “outskirts.” I wanted so badly to engage — to lean in. But, I knew I couldn’t because I was — well, a child. I had to wait my turn. Oh, but when I got my seat at the grownups table, I rocked my storytelling abilities at family gatherings. But, here’s the thing — I didn’t take a space away from my elders. They simply made a place for me.
I think you know where I’m going with this.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you have been paying attention, you’ve probably heard numerous black and brown wedding entrepreneurs express their desire for an opportunity to have a “seat at the table.” Why? We want to be heard; we want access to the same opportunities as our white counterparts; and we want the credibility we deserve for our breathtaking contributions to the wedding industry. It’s long overdue. It’s well-deserved. And, in the end, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.⠀
Love and Soul Always, Kawania