Cultural Icons

Smokey, Ali, King, Quincy & more

Over the years, Sheila had been around a Who’s Who of Cultural Icons including superstar Michael Jackson, “the Greatest” Muhammad Ali, legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, civil rights advocate and Malcolm X’s wife Betty Shabazz, civil rights leader and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s wife Coretta Scott King, musical genius Quincy Jones, civil rights and women’s rights activist Dr. Dorothy Height, distinguished actor James Earl Jones, comedian and activist Dick Gregory, boxing champion Evander Holyfield, as well as political elite such as Former President Bill Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Former First Lady of Calfornia Maria Shriver, Ambassador Andrew Young, Former Mayor David Dinkins, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway to name a few. Having spent time with so many notables with her parents growing up, Sheila was not particularly impressed by fame or position, and was known to hug people who were often unapproachable to most due to their status. Public stature didn’t matter to her. Warmth and authenticity was what she valued in her interactions – which is why so many people adored her. She was relationship-focused versus being transactional.

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