Kenya Parker reflects on her post Alcorn success

Since receiving a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Alcorn State University in 2014, Kenya Parker, a Tallahassee, Florida native, has been on a mission to accomplish her life goals.

After graduating from Alcorn, she enrolled in Florida A&M University, where she would go on to earn a master’s degree in political science. Her time there was prosperous, as it afforded her the opportunity to complete an internship at one of Florida’s law offices.

The internship was a way for Parker to get a glimpse of the legal profession so that she could later prepare for her career.

“I’ve always wanted to be in a position that would allow me to be an advocate for those seeking justice,” said Parker.

Parker went on to participate in a three-month internship at the Florida District 2 Office under the leadership of Congresswoman Gwen Graham, who is currently running for the governor of Florida position.

Graham remembered Parker for her hard work and dedication, which is why she asked the Alcorn graduate to join her campaign for governor. Parker is thrilled with the possibility of being a part of history.

“I am eager to join Ms. Graham’s campaign. If she wins, she will be Florida’s first female governor. I’m looking forward to being a part of a possible historic campaign.”

One of her top career highlights thus far occurred during her tenure with the Florida Attorney General’s Office. She was promoted to the primary back up employee for the staff assistant in the Executive Office. The promotion assured her that her commitment hadn’t gone unnoticed.

“I felt that my hard work was not in vain. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to be in a situation that most people my age aren’t in.”

Parker plans to further her learning by starting her journey at North Carolina Central’s School of Law this summer. She was accepted into the School’s Performance Based Achievement Program, which is a two-week course for prospective law students. If she passes the course, she will officially be enrolled into the School this fall.

Her latest step is one that will lead her to fulfilling her life long dream of being an attorney.

“I am extremely excited to take steps towards my childhood dream of becoming an attorney. The future of America is important, and it depends on the betterment of each individual’s life.”