Day 4 - Akira Wyatt
Akira, here’s the scenario:
The people who know you best are gathered into a room together and asked to figure out what they agree are one of your “worst” and “best” features. What would they come up with?
“My people would definitely describe me as this goofy, happy-go-lucky type of person who, when you get close enough, has such a big, warm heart with a dry sarcastic sense of humor. They would unanimously agree that I’m a bit crazy in the sense of “bubblyness” and always hyper active for some odd reason. My people would say I’m pretty guarded with certain parts of my life which makes it my weakness.
My people would agree I’ve had such great opportunities to talk about my experiences and my story, in order inspire those who been through challenges and trials in their lives. The type of aura that is familiar and easy to be apart of. A person who represents a unique and diverse path, always seeking to make a connection with those I meet. A kind of smile that’s bright and infectious."
Akira’s bubbly personality, quickness to laugh and abundant joy for life took on even deeper meaning after learning more about her story. Multi-racial, poor upbringing, immigrant family roots, transgender, active military - all of which she gives herself to 100%, actively seeking to cultivate healthy, supportive communities within communities. Diversity despite adversity.
We were so blessed to have crossed paths with Akira while working on the Great Ape House mural at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, a friendship we will continue to cherish. Take a peak into her life and check out her activist work here.