Jan's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    San Jose Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Los Angeles, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

JAN ROBINSON FLINT

Social Activist
Black Women for Wellness

“Be in this moment as opposed to being concerned about what job you're going to get in a year.”

INTERESTS:

Non-Profit Organizations Politics

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Individualism Exploration Fear Experience Conflict Passion Societal Pressures

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a cause I believe in

TAGS:

american dream, black panthers, buying time, Chicago, civil rights, comfort, happiness, health, history, it finds you, not knowing, school, social justice, the American dream, women

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Thought she had to follow the “American script”: go to college, get a job, live happily ever after, etc.
  • Says that’s all just a myth for most people; “you’ve barely lived in your twenties; how can you decide what you’ll do for the next fifty years?”
  • Grew up in Chicago, saw the 1968 riots, saw the Black Panthers with a strong platform; calls this an “opportune time.”
  • Knows this environment primed her for social justice work, but didn’t realize it until later, when she got some distance.
  • Works as executive director for Black Women for Wellness, a non-profit organization that educates and supports black women.
  • Says she’s happy because she’s “living her life, not somebody else’s life.”
  • Admits that there are things she would’ve done differently, but ultimately is living the life she always wanted.
  • Discourages people from “following a script,” says living someone else’s definition of a “good life” only leads to midlife crises.

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