If you didn’t know September is Hunger Action Month and if you don’t think hunger is an issue in this country well here is fact for you to ponder. In 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children. Basically millions of people don’t always have something to eat in there home and often go without eating. Someone who knows this very well is the very successful founder of Radio One, Cathy Hughes. In an article for Woman’s Day, Cathy explained her humble beginnings in one powerful quote.
“My three siblings and I grew up in Omaha’s projects; our father was in college and our mother was a housewife, so we didn’t have much money. We weren’t literally starving, but we never had enough to feel satisfied. I remember coming home from my job at 9 p.m. one night when I was 14 (I lied about my age to get hired). The dinner my mom had set aside for me had been eaten by my brothers. They’d left the napkin puffed up on top of the plate to cover their tracks.”
That quote says it all and as many of you already know, Cathy gave birth to her son Alfred Liggins at the age of 16 years-old. That didn’t stop her from creating the largest African-American–owned and operated broadcast company in America. She put herself through college and now as the Founder of Radio One, Cathy uses her immense platform to give back to children and seniors that don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. She does it personally and through Radio One. Kudos to you Cathy Hughes for letting your past change someone else’s present for the better.