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Jala Mckenzie: Climbing Life's Mountain

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Jala A. McKenzie-Burns was born of biracial parents on November 11, 1965 as Dave Edward Morris. Abandoned in the hospital, she was placed into the foster care system and adopted by an African-American family in 1972. As a young child, she personally experienced the racial unrest and was taunted for her dual racial heritage. On top of this, she found herself expected to live up to society’s demands of her as a boy and a young man, while she yearned for the things of a feminine nature.

Do something for somebody every day. This is the motto by which Jala lives and by which she shares the common experience of climbing life’s mountains. Jala raises the question, “What impact would society have if everyone did something for somebody every day?”