best you can with it. If you want to be a leader in your field, you have to look the part. You always have to give 100%.”
The sweet smell of success has followed the Boyd family through four generations of higher education and effective organizing. It has not been without hard work that this legacy has maintained. “I didn’t grow up with this sort of privilege. My family was what I would call, ‘comfortable,’” says Mrs. Boyd. “Being in the Boyd family has afforded me better things in life, but I always remain humble. You can go to the doctor one day and everything could change.” Mrs. Boyd ensured her children understood this. “I always kept my kids grounded,” she says. “They grew up in a White neighborhood, but they led a Black lifestyle. I made sure that they knew they were blessed, and they were not to take these blessings for granted.”
The Boyds look forward to their children’s succession. “You want the legacy to continue, but you have to give your children some rope and let them figure it out”, Mrs. Boyd says. “In life, you have to love what you do."
The Coolest Black Family in America is an EBONY.com original series: an ongoing look at the intricacies, layers and compelling beauty of African-American family life. Of course, "The Coolest Black Family” is not one family but many. In fact, we’ve found that there are as many Coolest Black Families as there are versions of cool. Also consider that family does not always mean mother + father + kids. What we know is that what defines family is connected hearts and supported souls. Ride with us weekly as we criss-cross the country in search of kinfolk whose cool is so palpable and real, it comes second only to their love.
Joicelyn Dingle travels to find the Coolest Black Family in America exclusively for EBONY.com. She splits her time between Savannah and Brooklyn. She is currently completing a documentary on the making of Honey magazine and the 90's urban publishing era. Friend her on Facebook. Follow her @editorialgenius