Being a young mother, Ummi realized her responsibility to the well-being of her family and the community they inhabited. It was because of this that she was led to be a community activist and business owner of three small mom and pop stores during her children’s formative years. This encouraged her children, also at a young age, to be active in their community.
In college, Ummi majored in elementary education and sociology. She has worked in these two fields for almost two decades. She is currently employed as a supervisor in an inner-city County Welfare agency.
Ummi is a mother of three and grandmother of six. There is an eight year difference between the two youngest children, and being such, she realized that in that small amount of time, children had changed drastically. Having grew up in the fifties and sixties, her generation was fighting for and reaping civil rights benefits. Her two oldest children had a certain determination in them to conquer and achieve the things that African-Americans were still fighting and striving for. Her youngest child, being from the seventies generation was a new breed with different ideas and challenges, their demands took on a new shape and a new life.