Day in the Life: Nelson Mandela

Owaves Team Activist, Lawyer

Day in the Life: Nelson Mandela “Madiba!” That is what the people lovingly called Nelson Mandela. The human rights violations and the discriminatory policies of the Apartheid in South Africa compelled many, including Mandela, to fight. Most people outside of South Africa are unaware of Apartheid; this form of institutionalized racial segregation existed from 1948 to the early 1990s. Mandela, as a …

Day in the Life: Katherine Johnson

Owaves Team Scientist

Day in the Life: Katherine Johnson   Anyone who has heard of the book/movie Hidden Figures knows of Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who made groundbreaking discoveries. Growing up in a time when segregation was still a reality, Mrs. Johnson overcame many struggles. She was one of the three Black students to integrate West Virginia’s graduate schools. She was a teacher, a …

Day in the Life: Rosa Parks

Owaves Team Activist

Day in the Life: Rosa Parks   I remember first learning about Rosa Parks in elementary school. When I heard how she defied the status quo by staying put in her seat on the bus that day in 1955, I was empowered by her fearlessness. Through time, it made sense that more than fearlessness, it was fatigue. She was tired of being …

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Day in the Life: Barack Obama

Owaves Team Activist, Lawyer, Politician

Day in the Life: Barack Obama   When Barack Obama became the first Black president 12 years ago, it was not only a historical moment, but it was also a victory for Black communities who wanted proper representation for their voices. While president, he made several decisions to tackle the social and economic disparities in America. He made health insurance more accessible, …

Day in the Life: Muhammad Ali

Owaves Team Activist, Boxer, Olympian Leave a Comment

Day in the Life: Muhammad Ali The Greatest Boxing Activist It has been 4 years since three-time heavyweight champion, Olympic gold-medalist and American hero Muhammad Ali passed away, and he continues to remind us of the battles people like him had faced and still face in America. Ali lived a colorful life, fought for individual freedom in the truest sense of the …

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Day in the Life: Doris Sherk

Owaves Team Centenarian

Day in the Life: Doris Sherk The pandemic has changed a lot of lives. It has particularly made it difficult for the elderly who are an at-risk population. Centenarians have been through the various trials this world has presented to them including the 1918 pandemic, the Great Depression, and World War II. While this population has been vulnerable, several have overcome SARS-COV-2. …

Rhine Chan

Day in the Life: Rhine Chan

Owaves Team Student

Day in the Life: Rhine Chan   We continue our #StayHomeWorld campaign by featuring Rhine Chan, a third-year psychology major at the University of California, San Diego. Currently, she is at home in Singapore finishing up her third quarter of the school year online. With finals coming up soon, she has been busy watching online lectures and review sessions. When she isn’t …

Ushi Okushima

Day in the Life: Ushi Okushima

Owaves Team Centenarian

Day in the Life: Ushi Okushima   The quaint village of Ogimi in Okinawa, Japan was home to Ushi Okushima, a centenarian who lived 109 healthy years. Okushima-san was born on August 7, 1901 and lived through tumultuous times. For many Okinawans, World War II took away family members and created disruptions in their daily lives. Okushima-san lost her husband through the …

Marge Jetton

Day in the Life: Marge Jetton

Owaves Team Centenarian

Day in the Life: Marge Jetton No one lifts five-pound weights as Marge Jetton would; her enthusiasm was seen through her drive to take care of her body even after living a century. Marge was a retired nurse who had an impressive medical service record. She and her doctor husband opened and ran Fallbrook, California’s first clinic, and they established Long Beach, …

Tao Porchon-Lynch

Day in the Life: Tao Porchon-Lynch

Owaves Team Centenarian

Day in the Life: Tao Porchon-Lynch “Every morning when I get up, I say, ‘this is going to be the best day of my life’” This was the incredible motto that led the 101 year life of Tao Porchon-Lynch. She was the prime example for the idea that age doesn’t matter when you want to learn something new. Born in India in …