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Dr. Angela Moses: Really leading the way

Nayaba Arinde | 3/20/2014, 1:20 p.m.
Dr. Angela Moses

“Your children are your report card,” licensed clinician Dr. Angela Moses told the Amsterdam News. The author of “The Joy of Single Parenting” is herself a single mom of two Master’s candidates and Ph.D.-bound ladies, she told the AmNews joyously. “The book shows that in life, things happen. It may be a setback, but it is really a setup for a comeback . Depending on how your kids turns out, that’s the grade you are going to get on your report card.”

The tome is a courageously open look into Moses’ own life dealing with an absent father who doesn’t pay child support. With comfortable aplomb, she delves into the stress, struggles, joy and empowerment with a sense of overcoming and achieveing, encouraging and ministering.

Moses says she overcame much in order to produce “The Joy of Single Parenting.” She is a single mom with two daughters in Ivy League schools. She has her master’s and Ph. D. She is an adjunct professor who teaches various courses in subjects such as psychology and English. She knows of what she speaks.

She is a wonderful Southern girl who has spent decades entrenched in these Northern parts and social services departments. This ordained minister says she is a “solution-driven destiny helper ... I am big on teaching people to self-help. So I’ve got a book out for single parents, and I intend to write a series of books on other issues. Helping is my calling.”

Raised in an abusive household in a rural part of Baltimore Moses said, “My mom’s people are from South Carolina, and she brought all her ‘Geechee’ ways to Baltimore.”

Reminiscing with a mixture of sadness and relief after all these years, Moses said, “I grew up in an abusive home with a stepdaddy from hell and all the nuances that go with that. I turned to sports to keep me away from the abusive household and to make sure that I didn’t turn to alcohol. So sports became my drug of choice—basketball and track.”

Her siblings were drinking by the time they were pre-teens, she said. Luckily, she got herself a basketball scholarship, but after two years, she ended up going to the New York Institute of Technology—it’s a long story. “But I had already broken the cycle. [I was the] first generation in my family to go to college,” she said.

With much gratitude, she detailed how her advisor, one Michael Webnick, encouraged her to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

When Moses said that she couldn’t find a job, Webnick promised her a job as his secretary so long as she went back to school. She did, and she got into a master’s program in clinical counseling, “and that first class changed my life. It was studying behavior, and I always wanted to know why people do what they do. I was really able to work in the area of substance abuse because I was coming from a background of sexual abuse and all of those things that were weighing me down. I wasn’t abused, but my sister was, and that is a whole other psychology—to know that someone is being abused and you can’t do anything about it but keep your mouth shut.”