Meet Rhea Rhymes, former UNITY employee
As part of Black Heritage Month, UNITY is happy to feature Rhea Rhymes who worked for UNITY part-time over the past three years as a Project Assistant. UNITY is grateful to Rhea who helped raise thousands of dollars for the organization through her efforts with mailers and during the conferences by selling raffle tickets.
I am Rhea Rhymes, one of three children. My parents are Larry Rhymes and Gail Schiefelbein Rhymes. My mother’s heritage is German and my father’s is African American. I am mixed, white and black. Being raised Christian/Catholic, I have a deep faith in God. My family has a background in education. My father is a mathematics teacher and my mother, a gifted language arts teacher. Now a little about my two brothers. My oldest brother, Wayne Rhymes, played overseas Pro-basketball in Israel and Mexico. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Colorado Springs University. My youngest brother, Dayton Rhymes, graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering. My family has always emphasized the importance of education and hard work.
Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, I was a part of Girl Scouts of America until I achieved the Cadet level. While in school, I played multiple instruments and participated in numerous sports throughout high school and college. As for college, I’m a proud graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. I continued my education in a Master’s Degree program for Business Management. After college I opened up my first event planning business which hosted professional events in Las Vegas, NV. I was a professional model and was featured in the Miss Arizona Beauty Pageant, as well as various magazines. Professionally, I’m a Paralegal for a corporate law firm while working towards becoming a ligation Attorney. I consider myself to be a well-rounded woman, an All-American. I pride myself on my educational and professional accolades, and I’m devoted to my family. I believe you should surround yourself with people who inspire you to reach your goals and do your best. I’m proud member of my community and strive to be the best women I can be. My future goals are to travel the world and invest in real estate.
Now about UNITY! UNITY has given me strength and hope for the future. I found UNITY four years ago when I was going to school full-time and transitioning careers. UNITY was a precious gift that I nurtured and because of that I learned to be more accepting of the world around me. I made a goal to have a positive impact on the Native American community as a black woman who has no tribal affiliation. My interaction with the youth took place during conventions and community outreach programs. I developed relationships with community, as well as tribal, and political leaders. I learned to respect the Native American culture and their pride for their traditions and history. It has made me realize the importance of working together to achieve a better tomorrow for all people.
My advice to all youth is illustrated in this quote by Rosa Parks. “I believe there is only one race. The human race.” – Rosa Parks
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. It is also important to recognize and celebrate our differences. Education is the key.