About Kionne McGhee
A reality that consisted of a young, streetwise kid trying to survive in one of South Miami’s toughest communities—the Naranja Housing Projects—and whose existence centered on balancing the role of man of the house and fulfilling the statistical requirements of being a product of his environment.
Petty crimes, dismissing the school system, and living fast while dying slowly were his motives and the potential life advocates around him were not willing to show him that other alternatives existed.
McGhee struggled with the strange dichotomy of enforcing rules at home while having rules enforced upon him at school. Needless to say, this unique position caused negative reactions that resulted in low scores and humiliating labels.
Categorically stamped emotionally handicapped and mentally retarded, McGhee’s future forecast was dark and had no silver lining. To the world, the numbers said it all—78 IQ, 1.9 GPA, 580 SAT score, and 0% chance of surviving past the age of 21. After an unfortunate brush with the law, McGhee had to face the threat of serving time behind bars and becoming stuck in the revolving door of the prison system.
However, in March 1997, McGhee was absolved of all crimes and would later receive a jolt of awareness from his mother while coming down the courtroom steps. The judge’s leniency and his mother’s simple reply of “this should be a wakeup call” did what years of struggles and mistakes couldn’t. That day was when his world began to shift.
From that point on, McGhee set out to accomplish what nobody thought possible. After completing his B.S. at Howard University, he attended the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. With a law degree in his hand, McGhee returned back home to Miami and served as an Assistant State Attorney and became an Adjunct Professor at the Miami-Dade College. It was during this time that he wrote a memoir about his journey and started to use his experiences to motivate others to achieve their greatest goals in life.
On August 14, 2012, McGhee shattered yet another miscalculated diagnosis from his adolescent years as he was overwhelmingly elected as Florida State Representative, District 117. He has received numerous community awards and recognitions from great leaders for his dedication and hard work. Now, a respected author, State Representative, and revered professor, Kionne has become a role model for people of all ages whose stories are similar to his own as well as a trailblazer for justice and a motivator for success.