tv Rep. Sharice Davids D-KS Sharices Big Voice CSPAN August 3, 2022 9:45pm-10:19pm EDT
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c-span networks in c-span radio plus a variety of compelling podcasts. c-span now is available at the apple store in google play. download it for free today. c-span now your front row seat to washington anytime and anywhere. >> good afternoon, i am delighted to be here today to representative charisse davis of kansas. i'm excited especially because i'm a children's librarian and we welcome congressman davis welcome to the 2121 book festival. were here to talk about your new book for the young and young at heart charisse's big voice, a native kid becomes a congresswoman. welcome tomeom our audience. you can start submitting your questions now. can we get started this is one
of the books that i was sharing stories and inspirational things with young people. you made history in 2018 as one of the first of two native women elected to the united states congress. just share with us what thats meant you. >> first of all i have to tell you how excited i am to get thed chance to be here with you particularly doctor hayden i think you're an amazing person and an inspiration yourself,th thank you so much for doing this. then congresswoman now secretary deb holiday i got elected in 2018. i think there was almost a collective sense of joy that so many people across the country
felt. because native women have been certainly amazing leaders for so long and to know what 2018 we hadn't seen a native woman in the u.s. congress before to get the chance to be part of that t was pretty surreal actually and i am just so fortunate and glad to have had the chance to be able to do this. >> your book is called charisse is big voice. you must had a big voice, can you tell us about that. >> it is really -- i'm really glad i got to work on this book. and a lot of names the name charisse is big voice is both in acknowledging and acknowledging a few different things. one is would you be double book if you have already, doctor
hayden i know you have but the folks that are watching you will see i talked a lot, like a lot when i was growing up and sometimes i got in trouble for in skills and help me learn how to listen actually. in some way charisse is big voice is an acknowledgment of that part of my journey and also as a nation a tribal citizen. the language, we are known as people of the sacred voice and also people of the big voice. i felt like it was a really great way to honor that and be able to share that in a lot of w ways with others. >> you talked a lot and sometimes we get a littleim
trouble for. how do those two things work. one of the things i think about about, particularly as i moved through my own path in my own journey. there are a lot of times where we might feel invisible or not seen and not heard. i think some of that is when you are speaking. and you have something you want to say ensure something as a child may be want to share how you are feeling or ask questions. i think that growing up i got to see that you can ask questions of other people and really learn a lot. it's a way to connect but to do that you have tone listen to people. i think it's a way to help learn
to not only be seen but to see others in d.c. invisible sometimes. >> you also write about people, young people call them doubters who doubted you and didn't think you would ever get elected to congress. young people think that daily. you have any advice on how to keep pursuing what you want to do or feeling good about yourself about these dollars and people around you. >> i think there is something -- in a lot of ways there's something universal about feeling like you're all alone in this experience in one of the
things i wanted to make sure when i was sharing my passion and my journey is a particularly for young people or even when we are moving to this life i think a lot of times we might look at others and say that person hasn't figured out or grown-ups have all the answers. they know everything. and then you realize as you get older that is not true. were all just trying to figure it out and were alternate figure how to move through this. being able to share not only sometimes people about what i can do to reach my goals or particularly when i ran for congress not necessarily believe that i canli do it but also sometimes we doubt ourselves because we aren't sure for on
the right path are making the right choices and i think it's important for people to see that you are not alone. a lot of us feel that way and that's why i wanted to share that peace of my journey. maybe some of us can feel a little less lonely and that experience. >> he could continue no matter how old you are. you had one person who talked about in your book you played an important role that did not doubt you and was a role model and that was your mom, your mother. can you talk about her a little bit. it's wonderful to have that. >> absolutely. >> i'm going to show my favorite picture. >> my mom somehow she is the
nicest and also the toughest person that i know. she would always listen to me even though i talked about, answer my questions, encourage me when i would bring things up in different ideas that u i had and she never told me i could not do something if i had some wild idea. she would just make sure i was being realistic about it. if you want to do that is goingr to take a lot of work, you can have to work really hard and that sort of thing, she never discouraged me from trying things. i felt like that help me become a person, that in martial arts which i think will talk about help me become a person that is willing to try things even if i
don't know what the outcome is going to be. if you don't mind --ld >> i would love to don't want to role my book. >> illustrations in your book. >> so amazing this picture is me talking a whole bunch. this feels like it embodies what it would look like for me as little charisse just talking and talking and talking and here i talked a lot, a lot. i talked to my family my friends my friends families and neighbors and people shopping in the store and people working in the store. i wanted to know things about people. i think the picture embodies how
much my mom let me embrace kind of who i was growing up and for that i'm so grateful. i think sometimes we can feel stifled in ourst experience andf you get to chance to have a mom that really embraces who i was. >> to take some of the interesting people letting you talk to the people that worked in the grocery store and people well on the way and all of that that has translated and evolved to you wanting to represent people and help them they do know them and there is a direct almost line to that? >> i definitely think, i think that is absolutely a piece of it for sure. learning to connect with people
at a young age. and also the fact that my mom was in the army when i was growing up. my mom was in the army for 20 years from before i was born until i got out of high school. because we moved a lot while she was getting in stationed in different places. i ended up making new friends acquite a bit. all of us want to connect when we get to a new place. i learned how to get comfortable without and just seeing that my mom had a career of service and when she got done being in the army she ended up working at the post office for 20 years. my mom has dedicated her career to service and that has definitely played a role in just mymy view of how we can help moe
things along and participate. my way is participating in the government in a lot of ways we can be of service to our community. >> a service with a twist. you mention the martial arts and i have to tell you and i hope you can share some of the other restriction showing with your martial arts three or four pages, while. >> this is a very busy job just so everybody knows. i haven't been doing as much martial arts as your regular working out. some of that is because of the pandemic. at the same thing we were doing the virtual bsa as possible.
the absolutely martial arts will be a part of my life for the rest of my life. i particularly love brazilian jet to for anybody watching and also martial arts. >> i started learning the brazilian martial arts and then. >> such cool pictures. >> and then i got the chance. >> i'm a person who just loves
the process of learning in jiu-jitsu in martial arts and i didn't learn martial arts until i was an adult. in a lot of ways you have to open yourself up to learning like a child again. you are moving your body in new ways that you haven't ever tried before. you have to be ready to be something over and over and get it wrong and when we first learned how to walk with all of our about. . . . in a mindset of being willing to try and try and try you might not see the benefit or you won't see it exactly what you are learning in a moment but over time you really get to see all those steps that all of those steps that you have been taken, just like when
you are a little kid, when you watch the kid that is starting to first work. the next thing you know they're running and you are running after them. i think it is so interesting tot be kind of back in that mindset. that is what martial arts is brought to my life. a willingness to learn and a way, i don't know if i would have had that if i had not started learning martial arts. next you remember how old you were, when you first got introduced to martial arts do you think it was about eight? >> probably. i was obsessed with bruce lee when i was growing up. yes, i must've been about seven or so. yes seven or eight when i first learned bruce lee was, i just remember it like just absorbing everything i could about martial
arts when i was growing up. and actually, my mom when she was stationed in germany one of the other service members there was teaching a taekwondo class. but then he ended up moving. so once that he move there is not another martial arts class or me toooo take. when i move back to united states after she was done in germany, it was just so expensive. and so when i was an adult, when i was working and in college it dawned on me wait a minute, i can pay for martial arts classes now. and so i started taking classes when i was like 19. >> well, that is a lot. you seem to have had a lot of things will not the same time. i should use some advice on this one too. [laughter] do you give yourself a break
sometimes it's okay if it is not like perfect. exxon is a really good question. i think there is something learning how to recognize things are not going to be perfect. cannot be good at every single thing it really helps me when ih started to see that. when i realize martial arts is a good example, actually, where a different times in my life i was able to dedicate more time to martial arts because of things like my work schedule i was not able to dedicate as much time to martial arts. and that isti okay. i remember getting upset with myself sometimes for not goingft to class as often as i wanted too. or felt like i needed to.
if i get two times work even three times a week i'mme still learning, and still putting in the effort. now is a member of congress this is the most busy i've been for sure. i was excited to work on this on teresa's big voice. it took longer than i would have liked. but that is okay. it is just important to me that i won, take care of myself as much as i can. that's like getting sleep, eating, working out when i can. that sort of stuff. spending time with my family.
i can't always get all of the work done. unless i do that. i think it is important for us to recognize standards cannot be perfection with everything. had to be so flexible you had to make friends live in different places. >> yes. so, it's so interesting that even when i was older. it took me eight years to get my bachelors degree. i took four years to get my associates degree. and then four years to get my bachelors degree.
when i got to law school i was already 27. i remember walking around the first couple of dayst of school and feeling like very awkward. i think probably a lot of folks know it feels like when you get to a new place and it feels awkward and you don't really know -- make you stand around the room looking for somebody we might be able to go say hi to or just stand next too. and i remember thinking, you know what? all of us feel this way right now. so i decided i was meant to find somebody to make sure theyel fel welcome. that they felt good about being at this new school. my think about how we can help each other feel welcome, and in the right place that it helped
me feel welcome and in the right place. and so i tried to remember that when i go toew new places. when i do things like public speaking. >> questions are coming in now. we havest a question right away from julie. julie wants to know for kids just getting started on their journeyt, just thinking about what they want to be when they grow up, do you have any advice for them? i am going to reference my book one more time. there's one that's note. in heri will give you after iat tell you what this says. this page is that everyone's
path is different wherever yours takes you, ab the lessons i learned along the way can be helpful. be open to challenges. work hard and you learn a lot. listen to people, but not the doubters. use your big voice to fight for your beliefs. and always remember that you deserve to be seen and heard. so, i feel like those lessons that ith learned, are probably e best advice that i could give. things are not always going to turn out perfectly. and they are going to be hard. and for some people things are just obstacles that get in people's way. some people have more obstacles than others. at the end of the day keep in mind you deserve to be seen and
heard. if you're open to challenges, if you are working hard you're going to be learning the whole ttime. the piece of advice i would also give that is not in the book, and i don't know why i didn't. i think it's in that letter. if you read the letter at the end that i wrote, take naps pretty specially for the young people, live it up. take all of the naps. i note this like you're going to miss out on something, but probably if you're sitting there with an adult there saint yes, take the naps. takes a lot of energy when you're learning to be you in changing the world. >> right. more advice, people really want to hear it. there is a question from teresa but she also has a comments. you are such an inspiration for my daughter, thank you. what advice doe you have for children who are afraid to use their voices?
i don't know if it helped to know this, you are not the only one who feels nervous, or you get that knot in your >>, or sometimes depending it could be like almost a little ball in your throat where you want to say something but you don't know if you should. or you don't how someone else is going to react or respond. it could be really scary. that happens to me, even now. and i am 41. i hope it helps to know that you are not alone in that ndexperience. more often than not, people want you to do well.
they want you to be successful. and want to bert supportive. and i think sometimes saying i'm kind of scared they this or i am kind of scared to speak in public. but i want to try it. i think you will be surprised how many people really, really deep down want you to succeed. fax well, maria has a comment two. and then a question. my daughter checked out your book out of her local library and did not want to return it because she loved it so much. vibrate play a role in your childhood? >> that is a good question.
you know, actually, one of the combinations -- so it nancy who is a co-author here one of the really interesting things writing a children's book is that i realized how little i read when i was growing up. and then i found out, which i did not know before this. but i found out when we were talking about me writing a children's book is only native characters represent 1% of the characters in children's books. i can't say for certain, but i might have spent a little more time connecting with books if i
had had a wider variety of books growing up. i do not know that for sure. but now that we are seeing a lot more -- a lot bigger variety of books i hope that is the case. i did not spend as much time in the library growing up as my self probably would like too. [laughter] >> congresswoman, i'm so glad you asked that question and you had that answer. because i hope that you plan to writela more books and share it. it can be windows to the world but they can also beat mirrors. we say books are so important but you never see yourself in ae bucket. that is sending a message too. thank you for letting young people see themselves. the last question is from hannah who says, what is your advice to
women of color and white spaces who feel discouraged. this is women and children. from expressing their voice, being the only person of color and being able to speak up. >> that is hard to be in that spot. i think there are a lot of folks i'm sure both of us like to be the only person with your experience can be lonely and isolating and feel disempowering. it also sometimes can feel empoweringng. for me, one of the things i do when i feel that twinge of doubt
sneaks up on youe like should i say anything, do i asked the question? do i make my point? that sort of thing, i tried to look at it as i have the opportunity to share a perspective that other people might never have thought of. and that is really powerful. you get toro be the person in te room who is an expert on something that no one else is an expert on. good to share stuff that no one else might've thought of before. that is so valuable. and you should know that is valuable. even if the other people in the room might not recognize the value in it, in that moment. >> well congresswoman, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to your readers. you have got a fan base already. you helped inspire young people and older people to comment
over, obstacles and become what they want to be. thank you to the audience. we had many more great questions but i wish we had time for them. everyone, thank you for being part of the 2021 library of congress national book festival. you have been listening to terepresentative charisse davisf kansas. talk about her new book sharice's big b boy's and native to become a congresswoman. thank you to her audience. and please continue to enjoy the festival. >> thanks everybody. >> indiana representative jackie has died in a car accident will back at home in her district. authorities in elkhart county said the vehicle she was traveling and was struck head-on after another vehicle crossed the centerline. two staff members also traveling with a congresswoman zachary
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