#BlackMenWin W/MarcQus J. Wright
1. What is your name? Where are you are from? What do you do for a living? GAS YOURSELF! Let the people know who you are!
My name is MarcQus Wright. I'm originally from Chicago, Illinois and attended Illinois State University. I received a Bachelors Degree in Business and a Masters in Training and Development. Currently, I'm working on a PhD in Higher Education. I have lived in Grand Rapids since 2005. I am married to a beautiful woman, Tawanna, and we have two great kids, Mariah and Malcolm. I worked at GVSU for thirteen years. Mentored and worked with thousands of students. I received numerous awards for my service to students. While my heart is still in education, I felt the need to step away and explore entrepreneurship. I am the owner of Daddy’s Dough Cookies. We make the best cookies in Grand Rapids. We’ve been in business almost four years. We bring love and happiness with each and every cookie.
2. Do you believe that as black men, do we support each other ‘enough’. Spiritually. Emotionally. Mentally. Physically. Financially.
I believe the support is available to all Black Men. The question is how you find it. It’s important to get connected to local organizations, businesses, churches, etc. This, however, is easier said than done. Sometimes it can be difficult to break through in certain communities. You’ll find some communities do not want to let new people in. Do not let that deter you. Keep plugging away until you find the right mentors, support group, etc. Always start with people you know to get connected to additional support.
3. Do we continue to let our generational curses in our community of black men hinder us for experiencing and realizing our true potential?
It can be easy to fall into the generational curse trap. I do not accept that. I do not claim that. We become what we think about. If you believe that a generational curse is keeping you from realizing your potential, it is. If you believe you can overcome it, you will. Generational wealth keeps many people from achieving. The impact of slavery on Black and white communities is tremendous. There are so many layers. Imagine being in a race and your opponents have a 400 lap head start. That’s what Black men and Black people have to overcome.
4. What can we do better as black men, individually, to help improve our overall community for the next generations?
The number one thing Black men can do is focus on self. So many of us are concerned about other Black men, Black women, White people, etc. The number one thing you can do to improve society is to become a better person. Become a better person spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. If we can become better, we put ourselves in better positions
to be able to help others. Become a better you first and you’ll improve the world.
5. What does #BlackMenWin mean to you?
#BlackMenWin means Black Men have won, Black are winning, Black men can win, and Black men will win. Despite the crazy number of obstacles, Black people are resilient. It’s important to understand your history to understand what we have overcome. You’ll know the accumulated strength and knowledge of the ancestors is within you and that strength gives you the ability to win.