3rd Annual Purple & Green Gala – Atlanta Event

Sept. 28th, 2019 was the 3rd Annual Purple and Green Gala Fundraiser and Award Ceremony! I  can't believe we made it to number 3. I was overwhelmed with tears that day. Looking back on how far I've come with my organization Our Children's Story, Inc.

I remember this being just a thought without a name, no identity. Now, here I am 3 Gala's in and the growth has been unimaginable in ways I can't even begin to explain. This path has affected me (in a very positive way) mentally, physically, emotionally, etc. I am still growing, however, I am definitely pleased with how far I have come.

There were some behind the scenes hiccups that almost made me quit, however, I kept pushing and trusting that all that was meant will flourish without me getting in the way of the universe.

The event pressed on, even with the hiccup! We started the event by introducing the newest member and program director with Our Children's Story, Inc. Idalia LaPointe. Her program D.A.D (Dignify A Diva) assists women and young girls who are emerging from traumatic situations. She gifts the toiletries and resources to those in need.

Libra, then led a game called "Name that Tune" in which she enlisted guests to guess what song she was singing in exchange for a prize. As the evening continued Saniya Raks, Ameera Johari and Basimah Baila blessed us with solo belly dance numbers representing the different styles of belly dancing in each number that took place.

Cairo Williams International Model and Coach, as well as CEO of Clock and Flow, led Tameche Brown and Maria Crayton (members of the Our Children's Story, Inc. Team) in a posing lesson followed by a model strut that included guests who were in attendance.

After all the fun, the ceremony starts. The stories, tears, and love that were exchanged during the event were unmatched. I knew I wanted a safe place for people to feel the love which would lead to them feeling safe with sharing the chapters of their lives as well as hearing others share their lives.

The honorees were as followed:

Dr. Najma Hunter

Saundra Lisic

Rhonda White

Calvin and Anthony Smith

Deloris Cotton - Smith

Justin Vantreese

Jerhonda Pace

Eboni Cobin

My favorite moment was how everyone got the message. How everyone that came left with what I wanted them to leave with which was insight.

I always knew going into building this legacy and empire it wouldn't be easy, however, I am not one to easily scare. With each challenge comes growth and with growth comes a foundation that will never be shaken. I know there will be more mistakes and lessons to learn, yet I am ready for it all.

I am determined to build a lasting legacy for my family.

Salute to you all


Author: Libra Hicks

Libra J. Hicks was born to Jane and Rodney Smith in February of 1981. Born in College Park and raised in Decatur, Like her father, Libra started to pursue a career in music. At the age of 24 years old, Libra got pregnant and gave birth to Anthony Jr. aka Moo. Libra’s pregnancy was great, no complications to slow her down. On December 15th, 2005, Anthony Jr. was born. He stayed in the NICU for 3 weeks due to having lack of oxygen to the brain. Because both mother and son experienced a very traumatic birthing experience, Anthony was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and a host of other health challenges. In 2010, Libra founded “Our Children’s Story” in honor of her son Anthony Jr. Her organization assists families who care for love ones with (dis)Abilities. Libra can relate to all mothers’ who are raising children or caring for an adult with (dis)Abilities. No matter the diagnosis, the feelings are the same across the board. Libra is very dedicated to everything that she becomes a part of. Her love and passion for the special needs community is indescribable. She works very hard for not only her sons but, the entire special needs community. Libra tries her absolute best to encourage, empower, uplift and inspire other families that are just like her’s. Mrs. Hicks has had the pleasure of appearing in SwagHer Magazine as well as being granted interviews with Maria Boynton with V103 and Michael and Joi in the morning. Her writings can be found on Black Mom’s Blog where she talks about her lifestyle. Libra is a wife, mother, philanthropist, and advocate. She is the voice of the special needs community.

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