Dr. Wes Bellamy: Pro Equity And Inclusion For Charlottesville Virginia
This is the image of true leadership. I want to take the time to pay my respects to someone and something. The shop talk today has been non-stop for me concerning Charlottesville and the things that took place this weekend in my hometown. My heart is heavy and my prayers go out to the friends and families of those who lost their lives, and to the leaders, and more specifically to my dear friend Dr. Wes Bellamy.
Building Economic Stability Together had a Charlottesville Chapter, mainly created in 2015 after meeting Wes and being included in ways to show our support of his leadership. He was kind enough to make the 1hr drive to Richmond to support my 2016 Gala, which is where we captured this photo of him while inspiring my members to be their best. Most leaders ( especially the younger leaders like myself and Wes) don't always get paid much respect. But Wes's support of me surprised me for sure. He's sincere and has always shared very encouraging words with me.
Nowadays leaders pretend to be leaders when the camera is on but Wes is a leader 100% of the time. He's an inspiration to me as a person and as a leader and I stand with him in support of his plan that I believe will unite, include, and provide equity for ALL people in Charlottesville...not just African Americans.
Him supporting the removal of a divisive statue was bold and it took bravery and courage, and irregardless of you agreeing with his decision, unlike our President, Wes has the moral character to stand behind his words and fight for what he believes is right.
BEST is a social organization for --- proven --- leaders first and then a organization for business second, and for the past five years meetings and serving alongside leaders like Wes makes what I do meaningful. He does the thankless job of serving others before himself while considering that he puts his daughters, his wife, and his own life at risk to do what's right and keep his promises to the people.
Thank you Wes on behalf me and THE BEST NETWORK,