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Bettering yourself through higher education: breaking the generational cycles of poverty

“When you are talking about generational cycles of poverty, education can often pull you out of that.”
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Published: Mar. 10, 2022 at 11:34 AM CST
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(Heart of Illinois ABC) - Black History Month’s roots are tied to finding a way to dismantle system racism and injustices.

Gregory Wilson, Community Outreach Manager at Illinois Central College is committed to bettering himself through higher education.

“I’ve attained a Bachelors in Psychology, a Masters in Business Administration and I am currently in school now for my Doctors in Business Administration,” he said.

He adds that education is the great equalizer.

“When you are talking about generational cycles of poverty, education can often pull you out of that,”says Gregory Wilson, Community Outreach Manager, Illinis Central College.

As education is an item that can’t be tripped away, he is using it to help strengthen the next generation. Black History education he says can put us on a path to greater cultural appreciation, “I think it builds self identity within the person learning about their identity - cultural differences can impede effective communication - we need to understand everyone’s culture.”

He shared that his life could have gone either way, but the key moment that turned it around was an unexpected love for reading, “Without a book I don’t think I would be sitting here with you right now. It really changed my mindset and how I look at life. Once that mindset was changed it equipped me with the knowledge that I could do anything.”

And what he is doing is dedicating himself to helping others.

“If I help you, I don’t want anythng in return. What I would ask of you is that give that information, knowledge and guidance to the next person, this is how we build our community, continues, Wilson.

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