Legacy is built on more than just your professional accomplishments. This isn’t to diminish the fulfillment that comes with rising to the top of your field and becoming the best at what you do. Rather, it’s an acknowledgment that one’s legacy is the embodiment of a life lived.
What positive impact will you leave behind on your family, neighborhood, society, culture, country, and/or the world at large? Have you served a purpose higher than yourself?
This is where philanthropy comes to the forefront. There is fulfillment that comes with uplifting others in society. Whether you’re donating time or money for the well-being of others and/or society at large, it’s an essential part of one’s legacy. And Gloria Woods, better known by her stage name, GloRilla, understands this well.
Though young, the “F.N.F (Let’s Go)” rapper has used her time and money to give back to society. She’s boldly come out to show us that you don’t have to wait until your old age to give back to your community.
Donating to Her High-School
In 2022, GloRilla went back to her high school, Martin Luther King College Pre-High School in Memphis, to perform for students. However, she offered more than a special performance of her hit single “F.N.F.” She also presented a $25,000 check to the school. The funds were meant to support the fine arts program at her former high school, something she is passionate about.
The Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist had this to say: “I want them to be able to know that anything they put their mind to is possible. Long as they got a dream, then you gotta reach for the stars.” She went on to add, “It feels real good to be able to have a platform and be able to come in and help students that come from where I came from.”
In a video shared with her over 4 million followers on Instagram, she captioned, “God has been so good to me blessing me back to back so I decided to be a blessing to the students from my alma mater Mlk Preparatory High School in Memphis, TN.”
Her philanthropic endeavor was not just a case of providing financial support to her school. She also took time to inspire her alma mater, an experience that many students in attendance will cherish forever. And her inspirational words might spur the next hip-hop artist out of Memphis to pursue his or her dreams.
Important Lessons We Learned From GloRilla
It’s never too early to give back to the community that made and raised you. She started rapping when she was 16 years old, while still at Martin Luther King College Pre-High School. The institution’s arts program gave her a conducive space to hone her craft. In supporting her high school, she might have opened the doors for many kids to pursue their dreams.
Give back in whatever way you can to a cause you are passionate about, no matter your walk of life. It’s part of building your legacy.