REAL CHATS with Tyra Sherese Peterson
Tyra Sherese Peterson is a legal professional from Chicago, Illinois. For more than 25 years, she has demonstrated her compassion for others as she has worked to promote social justice related issues that she believes are important to the health and welfare of her community such as hunger, homeless, children’s welfare, women’s issues and mental health. She enjoys the performing arts, reading, writing, sports, and learning and growing.
PROJECT 375: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Tyra: I would like to travel to Europe to experience the history and cultures of France and Italy. I would like to immerse myself in the performing arts, museums, cafes and restaurants, art and architecture, fashion houses, shopping and meeting new and interesting people.
PROJECT 375: What is your proudest accomplishment?
Tyra: My proudest accomplishment occurs daily. It is not giving up on myself, but rather continuing to live and grow through my journey of mental illness with dignity and grace.
PROJECT 375: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Tyra: In five years I see myself living and enjoying my life! I see myself experiencing financial security; being married with children; enjoying a career as a legal professional, adjunct professor and author; engaged in the performing arts; traveling across the United States and abroad; and continuing to promote social justice related issues that I believe are important to the health and welfare of my community.
PROJECT 375: What is your favorite movie?
Tyra: My favorite movie is Mahogany, a 1975 romantic drama starring Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers, a poor African American woman and aspiring designer living in the projects of Chicago. She puts herself through fashion school in hopes of becoming one of the world’s top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring a choice between the man she loves, a handsome and suave local activist running for alderman (Billy Dee Williams), or her newfound success, where a photographer gives her the nickname “Mahogany” because of her dark skin.
PROJECT 375: What makes you happiest?
Tyra: Living and enjoying life, learning new things and growing while being engaged in various activities from my bucket list!
PROJECT 375: What’s your philosophy in life?
Tyra: These two quotes resonates with me about my life and my desired legacy:
“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.” – Dr. Maya Angelou
“I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say ‘because of you I did not give up.’” – Author Unknown