About the Author
At an early age Erica Renee Thomas answered her life’s calling: to be of service to others. Erica often states, “I truly believed that my passion to serve was manifested through my trials in life, so I accept challenges as building blocks on the path to success.” Those blocks began to develop when Erica was placed into the foster care system at the age of 15.
Moving between six different homes, Erica was abused, but she did not allow this dark experience to dampen her ambitions nor quiet the song of service in her heart. Erica worked through the pain and decided that she would save herself, by helping to save others. During her school days, Erica kept straight A’s and was elected class President.
In 2006, Erica attended Oakwood University where she developed an interest in political science. Erica shared her life lessons through mentoring young girls in her community. Erica taught these young girls to survive in the face of adversity and helped one mentee reconnect with her family after being in a group home for 2 years. Erica’s adamant support for young children urged her to develop “Speak Out Loud.” Erica began this non-profit with the vision of giving a voice to foster kids who have been silenced because of their circumstances.
She instills knowledge, ambition, and most importantly a sense of purpose into the lives of young people, so they will be able to take control of their lives and defeat the odds. Speak Out Loud has expanded across the country, and established chapters in Sapeles and Lagos, Nigeria. Through her community service, Erica has been fortunate enough to donate books to Ethiopian primary school children.
In her effort to create a better study environment for young children, Erica is working on building libraries across the continent of Africa. In 2013, she received the Ambassador for Peace Award from the Global Peace Foundation.
On November 4, 2014, Erica was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives representing District 39. She will continue to lend her voice to the voiceless and be that example to other children who have faced the same challenges, that with hard work, dedication and faith you can overcome insurmountable odds.
The Honorable Erica Thomas