Dear 2020…

I don’t like you… NOT ONE BIT!!! I don’t know how anyone else feels but 2020 is not what I had in mind as my “perfect vision” AT ALL!!! How are all of you out there in the virtual world? This year has been filled with blow after blow. From the death of the legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant to our own “King T’Challa” Chadwick Boseman. The countless killing of unarmed black men and women in this country has everyone on edge and rightfully so…On top of that… we have a worldwide pandemic that has forced mostly everyone inside. Many, including myself, have lost someone to COVID-19. Others are suffering mentally, due to not being able to have that human connection or an outlet to fellowship and connect with the friends and family we love and adore so much!!! I have been asking myself more frequently, how to remain calm and not allow the outside noise to disrupt my inner peace. It is a question that I implore all of you to ask yourselves. Recently, I find myself walking more, going outside to get fresh air, and even going to bed earlier. I’ve been doing cleanses, plant-based meal plans, and all kinds of things to keep my heart and mind clear of clutter.

I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but I promise this community is always on my mind. The L.A.C.E. Project will have a new extension. The L.A.C.E. Project International. This will be the nonprofit portion of the organization that will hopefully allow me to give more scholarships and help women and young ladies that are in need in the areas of education, employment and business. As it stands, I plan to host the inaugural L.A.C.E. Scholar Pageant in March 2021. This pageant will feature the class of 2020 as well as 2021 for the opportunity to win scholarships for college.

I want to wish all of you Peace and Blessings and I look forward to us being together soon!!!

Best wishes,

A.G. Cox


Unlike most scholarships, the L.A.C.E project is more like a family. Even after I received the scholarship they have continued to keep in touch with me. They’ve helped me step out of my comfort zone by inviting me to social events. Attending these events have helped me gain the confidence I needed to pursue the goals I set for myself that I would otherwise not have the drive to do so. They ensured that I stayed on track with my career as a full-time student while working part-time. The L.A.C.E project has guided me, uplifted me, and sent me on a journey for greatness. – Malynta Anthony

My name is Silver Koen and I met Arkeisha Cox in 2016, through a mutual friend. And we instantly clicked like we had been friends forever! It was refreshing to meet a young black professional woman like myself that had similar morals & goals. So we often met for lunch & dinner conversing about life and our goals to uplift young black women and even start businesses. I am so grateful to have such an amazing friend that you can not only laugh, cry with but also inspire you to do better in life. Thank you Arkeisha Cox & I look forward to many more years of friendship and possible business partners. – Silver Koen

Mrs.Cox has been a great inspiration & motivator to me. She has showed me that as a black woman, you can be successful. I don’t have to be the product of a stereotype, I can be more. The L.A.C.E Project has allowed me to be introduced to many independent & successful black businesswomen. I have learned so much from Mrs. Cox and she has always supported me in everything I do. I am a proud scholarship recipient of the L.A.C.E project. – Aeriana Holifield