Transcript for 101-year-old pioneer honored with a diversity and inclusion grant in her name
Back here on "Gma," we're celebrating black history month this morning with the 101-year-old, you heard me, 101 years old, a war veteran, she has been showing strength and inspiring others for more than a century. She's a hometown hero and she is still working hard and we are delighted that she's getting some much deserved recognition. My name is Roma Davis. The 101 years young grocery store associate who still drives herself to work Monday through Friday. For her it is a job with purpose. I like to work. I like it and that's part of it. I like things well done. I've learned to work a little and I've been doing it ever since. Reporter: As a young girl from Virginia, she enlisted in the army becoming a member of the first all black women army corps unit deployed overseas for World War II. In the military I was in the motor pool and enjoy that even though I worked inside, when an officer needs you to go somewhere, generally they call me too. Reporter: After the war she attended fashion school in new York City and pursued a 30-year career in the industry despite the odds. During the time when people didn't like us, you know, because we were black, I used to not want to be around, I would be by myself. But then as I went into the business world, things changed and also I realized that if you were efficient and do what you had to do, do it well, that people will get along with you. Reporter: The trail blazer found a new calling 20 years ago at the age of 80. Not interested in slowing down, she applied for a job at her local grocery where she continues to work today, lovingly embraced by her colleagues. Happy birthday dear miss Romay Reporter: Now southeastern grocers honoring their hometown hero with the diversity grant? It will allow us to provide additional resources in the Baton Rouge community. Reporter: And ensuring her legacy lives on. Be sure you want to do what you attempt to do, you know, first of all and then you stick with it. Knowing too that it's going to be hard times, good times, you can accomplish anything. You have to study. You have to believe in yourself, first of all, believe in yourself that you can do it and you will find a way to do that. Sharp, Michael. She's there. She drives herself to work and she stays safe during covid-19. She only works in the front of the store before it opens and then in the stockroom and also impressive about this woman has a black belt in tae Kwon do. Eating good, not worrying, seeing the good in everybody is her secret and she sent us a t-shirt she was wearing, I got stuff to do, 100 plus year, I got stuff to do. What a great story. Can I give a shoutout. My sister sally-ann put this on the radar. She was right. Thank you for the t-shirt. Belonging, inclusion and diversity grant.
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