To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in both Arkansas and California, Tracy Chiles McGhee is a Community Activist, Passionate Writer, & Cultural Enthusiast. Recognized as one of “2011 Top 10 Women in Social Media” by Liberated Muse, Tracy is the Founder & Executive Director of Womanifesting, Inc. (WOMA). WOMA is a non-profit incorporated in Washington, D.C. WOMA's mission is to develop and support programs that foster self-empowerment, sisterhood, and service and to positively impact the lives of women and girls, particularly those under-resourced and marginalized. More recently, Tracy co-founded the Literacy, Empowerment, & Action Project (LEAP), whose mission is to use innovative literacy, school improvement, and girls' empowerment programming to expand educational opportunities and to strengthen communities in Ghana and other developing nations. Tracy is a graduate of San Francisco University High School, Georgetown University and Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.
Tracy is also a published writer and creative. She enjoys writing about themes in which she is passionate like love, family, friends, her current home town-Washington, D.C, art in the broadest sense of the word, and African-American history, contributions, and folklore. Her writings have been published in a variety of publications such as the bestselling anthology "Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection", "Word Nation: An Anthology edited by Marita Golden", "BOMB Magazine", "Tidal Basin Review", "Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal", "Aspirations", "Tallahassee Democrat: Mary Jane Ryals Poetry Corner", "Planetary Stories-Black Earth Institute", "Coloring Book: An Eclectic Anthology of Fiction and Poetry by Multi-cultural Writers", and "Slow Trains Literary Journal". Most recently, Tracy has written a historical novel and is seeking a publishing home. She is most inspired by the writers/poets Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, J. California Cooper, James Baldwin, and Langston Hughes.
In 2012, Tracy joined the cast of the theatrical musical production, "In Her Words" written and produced by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, where she portrayed her literary idol, Zora Neale Hurston, in DC Public libraries to inspire a love of reading and the humanities. It was also performed for the Peace Corps and live-streamed to their satellite offices around the world for a Black History month celebration. As both an activist and artist, Tracy was braodcasted on "One World Cafe", an online feature of "Her Circle Ezine" and featured on the PBS "Independent Lens Blog".
Tracy previously was a public interest lawyer that advocated on behalf of indigents and persons with disabilities for over a decade. She served as an Attorney and Program Manager at University Legal Services (ULS) Protection and Advocacy Program, the federally mandated protection and advocacy agency that represents persons with disabilities in the District of Columbia. And before joining ULS, she was an Attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau in Riverdale, Maryland, a non-profit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly Maryland residents.
Tracy enjoys spending time with family and friends, immersing herself into the rich, cultural scene in Washington, D.C., traveling, and volunteering for organizations that impact women, youth, and artists through providing resources and support.
"We are each others keeper in the quest to achieve healthy and joyous living, to demonstrate the full capacity of our gifts, dreams, and passions, and to be instruments of love, light, healing, and peace. This quest is made easier by the continuous recognition that we arrive fully-equipped and ready to step into our life's promise and purpose. Anything internally or externally that seeks to obliterate this recognition should be abandoned or abolished. This is what I believe."
~Tracy Chiles McGhee