April 12, 2018
Photo via Instagram/So_Virtuous
Ieshia Champs is going viral on the internet – and rightfully so! The single mother of five, who dreamed of becoming a lawyer since the age of seven, is graduating from Texas Southern University Law School in May. The Port Arthur, Texas native made it clear that she did not achieve this accomplishment on her own.
The 33-year old tells USA Today that the her children’s support made this possible. She also credits her sister who pushed her to have a relationship with God and go to church after suffering the loss of a job, the loss of her children’s father to cancer, and the loss of everything she owned in a house fire. On the verge of giving up and even contemplating suicide, she met a minister who encouraged her to earn her GED, so that she could become the lawyer she dreamed of being.
“I never told her I wanted to be a lawyer,” Champs said to the outlet. “If God can take a little girl like me who had nothing and put me in a position to where I’m graduating from a wonderful law school in the top 15% of my class Magna Cum Laude with five children, he can do anything for you.”
Check out her photo shoot below that nearly broke the internet!
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TSR STAFF: Talia O. @theclosetratchet _______________________________________ As a single mother, I know first hand that nothing else has pushed me to become a better person than my son! It’s something about a mother’s love for her children that drives her to do the impossible! Such is the case for 33-year-old #Houston native #IeshiaChamps (@so_virtuous)! She just graduated from law school and posted an amazing photo including her five children holding signs that say things like, “I helped too!” and “We did it!” All of the success Ieshia is experiencing has come after a series of unfortunate circumstances, but she rose above. _______________________________________ Ieshia and her sister bounced around from foster home-to-foster home after being removed from their drug-addicted mother’s home. Her sister got pregnant at 14, so she dropped out of high school to help raise the baby. Soon after, Ieshia met the father of four of her children and they had their first child when she was 19. In 2009, Ieshia went to church one day after her sister begged her to and she met a prophetess who told her to go back to school and get her GED so that she could fulfill her dream of being an attorney. She did, but nothing could prepare Ieshia for the long road ahead. _______________________________________ “During that same year — it was 2009 — I ended up having a house fire, I lost everything that I had. I got laid off from my job, the father of my children died of cancer while I was seven months pregnant, I literally tried to kill myself, and I ended up going back to get my GED,” Ieshia told @Yahoo. Ieshia was 25 at the time and thought she was crazy for pressing onward, but she did! Ieshia got accepted into law school, had her fifth baby and got married, only to be divorced a year later, but she stayed in school and here we are today! _______________________________________ Ieshia tells us that God made a way for her when she thought all was lost. She says that she finished in the top 15% of her class and that it was “nobody but God!” She also received $13,000 in scholarships and tells us that God sent her a study group that would come to her–read more at theshaderoom.com
Just last year, Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown – the unarmed teen fatally shot by Ferguson police in 2014 – received her high school diploma. In the midst of all the heartbreak and loss they suffered, both mothers pushed through and achieved their dreams. We’re so inspired by this #BlackExcellence!
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