About the Columnist:
L. (Leigh) Arthalia Cravin was born in Texas and spent her youth in rural Anderson, Navarro, and Wheeler counties. She graduated from A. M. Story High School in Palestine, Texas in 1965 and received a BA from Texas Southern University in 1968. She was an exchange student to the University of Wisconsin in 1967. She received a Masters of Social Work and Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan.
Her professional endeavors include two clerkships at the Michigan and Colorado Courts of Appeals, former Assistant U. S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, former Assistant Attorney General for the Government of the Virgin Islands, and numerous other experiences, including, extensive volunteerism to non-profit and historic preservation organizations. She was admitted to the practice of law in Colorado in 1975. Her practice is in the area of Elder Law, Wills, Trusts and Estates, and Probate law.
She began writing at age 12 and has pursued her “first love” ever since. Her writings reflect a wide range of experiences derived from “jumping into life” in all its fullness; socially, politically, philanthropically, and religiously. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and writes a weekly online column, “Wednesday Wisdom” at www.blackamarillo.com.
She has been a born again Christian since 1981. She believes that life should reflect perennial optimism: “In the end, the true legacy of a hopeful life is this: “I did all that I could to try to make this world a better place.”