We asked folks we admire to tell us about what they want their legacy to be. Check out their responses below.

Elizabeth Carababas | Photographer and writer

If I could imagine what a dialogue about my legacy would be long after I leave this world, I would hope it sounds something like this: Liz showed me how to see the built environment around me differently. She invited me into spaces that showed me how to feel differently. And that invitation makes me feel included, seen and heard. I just believe so strongly that the strength of a community (architecture, furniture, fashion, music) is directly dependent on how diverse it is. It’s the outsiders that shape things. Great design shouldn’t be explained, it should be felt. Read more>>

Indy Saini | Filmmaker

I come from a multi-cultural background. My father immigrated to the US in the 1950’s from India as a specialist in economic agriculture, my mom originally from the south became a fashion designer in NYC. In my household, the terms diversity and tolerance were part of my vocabulary from early childhood. As was the realization that there wasn’t enough visibility in media for women, or people of color. Read more>>

David A. Romero | Independent Contractor and Spoken Word Artist

Five years ago I created a scholarship for graduating high school seniors , “The Romero Scholarship for Excellence in Spoken Word.” I’ve dedicated over $3000 of my own funds to help young poets pursue their dreams in higher education. The scholarship awards students for their creation of poems covering the topic of social justice: racism, war, sexism, the environment, hunger and homelessness, LGBTQ+ issues, and more, along with their academic achievements and their demonstrated commitment to social justice through school and extracurricular activities. Read more>>

Lavelle Mitchell | President of Franchise X Entertainment

I think about my legacy a lot. The time we spend here is limited so I always wonder what is it that I’m going to leave behind. Honestly, the one thing that rings in my head from the moment I wake up till the second I fall asleep is I want to be one of the people who have changed the entertainment industry for the better, for good. I have always disliked this business, I grew up around it so I’ve always been fairly familiar with the way a lot of things actually happen. It’s dark. And the one thing I’ve always believed humans can’t live without, that isn’t food or water, is entertainment. Read more>>

Ali Elohim | Music Artist, Rapper, Martial Artist

I want people to know that I am a seeker. Throughout my life, I pursued physical mastery of the martial arts, yoga, and weight lifting. Spiritual growth through meditation, prayer, and fasting. Mental development through reading, writing, and daily learning. I knew which principles I wanted to live my life by — strength, discipline, respect, honesty, and authenticity. Read more>>

Kenny Tomlin | Bass Player, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Label Owner and Independent Recording Artist

I want my legacy to be that I lived my life with truth and heart fulling God’s purpose for me being here. I want people to remember that I always loved helping people and I have music that will outlive me. I’ve been blessed with songs that bring people closer to God. I came from St Louis when I was 20 years old and I have made a living playing music ever since. I am now 60 years old and I love the life God has blessed me with. Read more>>