One thing that attracted me to PR was how it required the best practitioners to bring a variety of skills to their work. I chose to study PR in college more than 35 years ago, because it took the best of everything (writing, presenting, creating ideas) to excel.
As an African American male growing up in the often-tough streets of Philadelphia, I started to see how the multi-faceted aspects of PR could effectuate change in powerful ways–particularly around issues like combatting racism and working for greater diversity, inclusion and equity.
But just as much my ethnic identity and gender inspired me to work for change and provided the power to do so, I always held myself in check, depending on the circumstances. In white-dominated spaces, I instinctively code-switched to make colleagues and clients feel comfortable enough to trust my expertise. In Black spaces, I reverted to a vernacular and demeanor that let me be authentically me.
Read the rest of David Brown's blog to see what he learned about working for change and being authentically himself.