What others say about Dr. Washington
During these times of turmoil for young Black males as wells as others suffering the ravages of socio-economic discrimination and often believing there will be no end to the difficulties they experience, Dr. Hattie N. Washington’s Driven to Succeed underscores the value of “old landmarks” such as faith, family, and friends. As I read her excellent testimony, I recalled how I too had been raised on my elders’ telling of folktales, guiding us with sayings such as “a burnt child dreads the fire,” developing our appreciation of not only hard work but doing it well, and maintaining the valuable rural roots emanating from extended family life on farms in Virginia. If we would appropriate Washington’s 6 “lessons learned” for our children today, then many more of them would be “driven to succeed” in this troublesome twenty-first century. As Dr. Washington and other “Old Saints” might say, our children will learn “to carve stumbling blocks into stepping stones.” Driven to Succeed is “testifying” at its best, only in book form instead of Sunday morning service!
“This is a must read book for anyone looking to learn about leadership and the power of love to inspire and motivate. Hattie Washington is an inspiration to us all. I have never met a stronger leader; she motivates and advocates with her passion; no one can ever say no to her, nor should they! We can all take a page out of her book: lead with your heart, and deliver results with your head- that’s Hattie! Once you read this book you will want more of her wisdom and love- so read it again!
“This is an inspiration! Dr Hattie Washington lived in a time where there were 2-room school houses and her Virginia county refused to desegregate! That time is in our lifetime bc I’m not that old! Reading her memoir is both a lesson in history, passion, endurance and survival. How Aunt Hattie was able to turn toward saving youngsters by opening those homes including her own for group homes is amazing. Bring your tissues.” Separate Text Message on July 13, 2015: “I adore you. I wish my kids and I had an Aunt Hattie. No kidding.”
Dr. Hattie Washington,
I appreciate you writing your memoir for others to read, and experience your journey. Your book was a great read and so personable. I know it will bless many lives, such as you have touched and blessed mine. You are such an admirable and prodigious woman and a magnificent role model for others to emulate. All of my success on the campus of Coppin State University I owe it all to you. The knowledge I have gained, your love, your dedication, and your passion to see others succeed is a testament all by itself. For it was you who gave me my first working experience on the campus in the Division of Institutional; Advancement and for this I have been forever so grateful
My leadership skills and style were brought to fruition under your leadership. I owe all of my success to you. The writing of my dissertation and the earning of my doctorate degree is a star in your crown. For it were you who saw greatness in me, because of your kind heart, your keen insight and knowledge; you helped to cultivate that greatness and my destiny. You have inspired me to tell my own story, as soon as I complete my dissertation, I will be telling my story. .Keep up the great works you doing with the foster boys. You have been touching and changing their lives for years. Your living is not in vain, may God continue to bless and keep you in His care? Continue to be that change agent in the lives of so many.
“ ‘ …I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me’ (NKJV, Isaiah 6.8).” Just as Isaiah was willing to serve out of a desire to exalt God’s glory, Dr. Hattie N. Washington, known to many of us as ‘Aunt Hattie’, heard and responded to God’s voice when she first noticed the three young boys standing on the street corner in the middle of the day when they belonged in school. By faith, Aunt Hattie knew that God would equip her and prepare her for the task ahead as God’s calling flourished into a loving desire to help young men through the establishment of three foster group homes. Aunt Hattie’s gift for serving others is exemplified throughout ‘Driven To Succeed’ by faith, family and God’s favor and a testimony for all who hear God’s calling and say “Here am I, send me”.
Driven to Succeed read beyond my expectations. As I opened the book, I held the connotation that An Inspirational Memoir would be a personal faith journey of Dr. Hattie N. Washington. However, the booked based on faith reveals lived experience of life cycles of culture and acculturation, mores and traditions. In parts of the Deep South and also Africa, significant people brought into a child’s life are introduced as Aunt and Uncle. Often these titles of endearment are just accepted or rejected by the child. However, Aunt Hattie exposes the missing link, the why; in other words she presents the rationale that Aunts and Uncles are bestowed with the right to love, cherish and discipline the child. The rationale supports the old African adage, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” . . . and Aunt Hattie relights the village.
“And we know that causes all things to work together for good to those who love God…” (Rom. 8:28). Hattie’s incredible story is a powerful and contemporary illustration of this timeless truth. As you read it, don’t be surprised when you find yourself rejoicing over the many divine interventions that have shaped your own journey. Everyone can use a faith lift. So, get started reading and sharing this inspiring story today!
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