Name and Title: Derrick Hayes, CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) of WOE Enterprises
What do you do and why? I use words and stories through apps, blogs and motivational speaking to encourage and empower others to find their gifts and make a difference.
What mark have you left on Black history? I’m one of the first to have an Android app with original quotes. Motivation To Your Mobile did 20,000 downloads in 2011 with little to no publicity.
Why is celebrating Black History important to you? Black History is important so that we don’t forget where we came from and who had to struggle for us to be in this position.
Who or what do you honor most in Black History? My father is my black History moment. James Henry Hayes, Jr. retired from the military and the school system and went on to serve 3 consecutive terms in city council. In Urban, IL he has apartments named after him.
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