When I say it was an honor to hear from Judge Briana Westry-Robinson, I truly mean it. Judge Westry- Robinson is very passionate about invoking change in her county and inspiring the youth. Why does Judge Westry-Robinson stand out in a crowd? Because at the age of 27 she is the youngest black female to become a judge in Alabama’s history.
At the tender age of 7, Westry- Robinson knew she wanted to be a judge and never wavered. She was actually inspired to become a judge by Alabama’s first black female judge, Jo Celeste Pettway. Judge Pettway spoke to her second grade class after which she went home filled with excitement to tell her mom she wanted to be a judge.
Judge Westry- Robinson is very humble in her position, she knows the road ahead will not be easy but she is approaching it with determination and enthusiasm.
I must tell you, that my situation is not ideal. I will serve as the Judge of the poorest county in the State of Alabama and one of the poorest counties in the NATION. However, I want the younger generation to know that you really can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. It only takes a dream and the desire to want more to succeed.
One of her goals is to pair high school students with professionals working in the teens desired career field. She gave an example of a student wanting to work in cosmetology but planning to attend a University. Therefore shadowing a cosmetologist and learning about their road to cosmetology will help the student determine if this is truly what she wants to pursue. This type of guidance will help to jump start the student’s careers and get them off to a good start.
Judge Westry- Robinson doesn’t want anyone to think she’s an anomaly, we can all do anything we put our minds to if we just remember one important thing…NEVER GIVE UP!
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
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