Be You. Do You. For You.
I’m learning and growing into understanding this quote daily.
Who am I? C.Brook. My given name? Courtney Brook Whitty.
Meet the girl…
Ms. Wanda Hendrix and Mr. Roosevelt Whitty welcomed perfect little ole me on October 23, 1988. From that day forward, no one’s life would ever be the same. I was raised by my mother alone, in Highland Park, MI. My mother had 4 children and I am the only girl. I only grew up with 2 of my brothers. My 2nd oldest brother was murdered at the age of 15. I attended Catholic school up until the 6th grade. My senior year of high school I dropped out, but later obtained my high school diploma through a home schooling program.
My father Roosevelt passed away in 2007 due to health issues. Although I’m fairly young, as some people like to say, I have dealt with a lot. Teenage pregnancy, suicide, depression, abusive relationships, just to name a few. My biggest influences are my grandparents…Mr. and Mrs. Charlie and Pearl Hendrix. I have a strong passion for youth and a soft spot for seniors.
In a very personal phone conversation with my nephew in 2007, we had a discussion that would change my outlook on life and helped me to realize my purpose. I was asked a lot of questions about why, my brother, his father, did not want to be apart of his life. The questions that continued to be asked all began with “Why”. Speechless, here I am trying to be an aunt and provide guidance and I couldn’t. At that moment it hit me that I had the same questions and I needed answers too. “Why did my daddy not want to be in my life? Why did my daddy not want to have a relationship with me? Why… Why… Why Daddy? This is the fuel that drove me to creating “WhyDaddy”. Statics are through the roof as it relates to the growth of a child whose father is absent. And I knew I could do something to help. I’ve shared this vision with many people and due to their lack of support and lack of faith in myself, I put it on the shelf. My idea laid dormant for 10 years. However, the flame always burned inside of me to get this out. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phillipians 4:13) I live by this scripture and it has kept that flame burning. 2016 was a year of healing for me and through that healing, I was finally able to give life to my non profit organization WhyDaddy.
Psalms 27:10-11 “ When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.” I have been fortunate to be a guest on Ashley Renae’s radio show WMKM 1440am as well as Karen Dumas Super Station 910am. I also support the group “ Daughters Without Fathers” here in Detroit. My dream is coming to life and pulling me in many directions. I’m fortunate to be able to share my life and these new experiences with so many amazing people. This is just the beginning!