Atlanta native, Dr. LaTarsha Holden was not only a high school drop out but by the age of 22, she was a mother of four. She’s had to face the hardships in life such as poverty, abuse, and dependency on welfare but she’s defied the odds and has become the mother and leader that has fought for her dreams. In this exclusive interview, Dr. LaTarsha Holden shares her inspirational story that led her to become an Unsung Hero.
Can you tell our readers about yourself?
I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I have six beautiful children and I have four beautiful grandchildren. As a young teen, I become a mother and dropped out of high school in the tenth grade. By the time I was 22, I had four children and a GED. I was lost, scared, and I had no dreams or goals. After being a domestic violence relationship, my self-esteem shattered. At 35, I found myself underemployed, uneducated and living in a boarded-up house as squatters. I was at a crossroad. I had a decision to make about my family. I decided to fight for us with no money and no family support. In the last ten years, I went from a GED to a PhD student, an author of twelve books and from homelessness to a political candidate in the “2017” election in Atlanta. I made a vow that when God brought my family out of hopelessness and homelessness I would go back and fight for others
Can you give us insight into the documentary that you were the subject of? No Longer Lost: The LaTarsha Holden Story?
The Founder of the APEX Museum Dan Moore Sr. felt my story was very inspiring and should be told in a documentary. It shows the mercy and grace of God was with me the whole time.
How would you describe your experience to being homeless with your children?
Being homeless with my children was the hardest thing I ever had to endure. Being homeless for two years, a full-time student was very painful, embarrassing and so scary; I had a mental breakdown. I walked into a hospital and told the lady at the desk I didn’t want to live anymore. They kept me for a week for observation. I would go in this padded room voluntarily every day and dropped to my knees praying asking God to help me. When I was released, it felt like I had a new fresh wind beneath my wings that gave me the strength to carry on.
Tell us about your community project and the impact you’ve made through providing.
Project Village is very dear to me. I know what it felt like to not be able to provide the daily necessities for my children (soap, toothpaste, washing powder, deodorant, hair supplies, sanitary napkins etc.). So, I decided to partner with two middle schools in low-income communities to provide these items on a monthly basis to help struggling families.
What is the main message you want others to take away when you speak?
When I speak I want others to know that I understand where they are, but I know that if they do not give up there is light at the end of the tunnel. Own your space and fight for your dreams even if you have to cry, crawl or limp your way to the finish line.
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