Hey Mamas!


Kierra D. Gray, Founder of The Roadmap Back

Photo Credit: Justin Milhouse

During my third quarter in journalism school, I found out I was pregnant with my daughter Zion. Two days later, I hopped on a plane to Johannesburg, South Africa to film a mini-documentary on the youth post-apartheid for a study abroad. My journey to motherhood changed the entire game because I was on the “wrong path”... but let’s start from the beginning.

The path to where I am today seems disconnected to some but the journey all comes together in hindsight. I graduated from the University of Michigan with my B.A. in Women’s Studies, Afro-American & African Studies, and Writing. Post-graduation, and after a short stint as a college adviser from 2014 to 2015, I packed up and moved to Evanston, IL. There, I attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism to study broadcast and print media. Now, while I love writing, I didn’t love broadcast journalism. After I found out I was pregnant, I knew I had to transform into the woman I needed to be for my daughter. I needed to find who I truly was at the core. My journey showed me I was destined to create my platform for mothers and other women, but first I needed to heal.

What’s the great lesson a woman should learn?

that since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. it’s the world that convinced her she did not.
— rupi kaur

After my masters, I found a job in the legal field, took the LSAT, applied to law school and turned it down, and took the LSAT again. I had the rude awakening at my dead-end job that I could do more and be more, then realized social work would be a better fit for who I am today and my long term goals of advocating for mothers, other women, and mental health. In March 2018, I launched The Life and Times, a blog exploring motherhood, feminism, and adulting. This was a great first step in the direction toward the greater goal of creating The Roadmap Back to allow others to give themselves permission to honor themselves in the midst of motherhood. We’re all finding the roadmap back to ourselves...Here’s to the mama’s brave enough to do it in the midst of motherhood. ✨

I’m currently pursuing my MSW in Interpersonal Practice/Mental Health and minoring in Social Policy and Evaluation as a Health Resources and Services Administration Program (HRSA) Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Trainee Program Scholar. With my credentials and passion, I advocate for mothers, other women, and mental health services through my platform.


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