It is hard not to remember where you were on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. I was working for the NAACP at the time as a Media Coordinator for then President Kweisi Mfume. Part of my job was to compile the daily press clip book which contained stories that may be of interest to the organization. While sitting at my desk watching the “Today Show” Katie Couric came on with a breaking news update about one of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center being on fire. Moments later I saw the second plane crash into the second World Trade Center Tower live on national TV.
As the days unfolded, my friend Tony suggested we drive to Atlanta to get away from all of the media coverage. I will admit I had never thought about driving from Baltimore to Atlanta but driving was the only way to get anywhere because all airline travel had been shut down. It was the best thing we could have done and ended up being a life changing trip for me.
As we made our way into Atlanta in the wee hours of the morning I called Frank Ski and told him I was going to be in town for a few days. He invited me to come by the V-103 live broadcast the station was doing to raise funds for the victims families in New York.
During the trip I also had an opportunity to meet with Rick Caffey the station manager to discuss the possibility of moving to Atlanta to work. By November 2001 I had an offer to work at V-103. By December 27, I was here moving into my new apartment ready to start my job as News Director for V-103 and WAOK.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
I will always be filled with sorrow and gratitude on 9/11. Sorrow for the families who lost loved ones and suffered such horrific pain, but gratitude that my life changed for the better in so many ways that fateful day.