What is your first name?
Merica Lane Woods
Does Your name have any significant or sentimental meaning?
I am named after a great great grandmother whose name was America. My dad wanted to name me America but my mother wanted my initials to be ML since her's are and her mothers too. So they compromised and came up with Merica Lane. When I was younger I would tell the story that my Dad was in a bar when I was born holding a Budweiser - and he looked down and saw AMERICA on the can and named me after that.
What is your background/heritage and why is it important to you?
I have always considered myself to be a Heinz57 heritage. Our family was here long before Ellis Island and more common people so information has always been hard to come by. Recently I have began doing some research and have found English, Irish, German, Dutch and French ancestry.
What is the most challenging experience you have faced or are currently facing in your life and how did you/are you facing that challenge?
My husband is African American and we have a daughter that is of mixed race. It is difficult for me as I see my beautiful daughter and unfortunately the world does not see her this way. The difficulties lies in the fact that I do not always know how to comfort and advise her in this area as I have no experience with prejudice and racism.
What do you think will make the world a better place and what role can you play?
Love one another and do my part
What do you wish others would know about you that they cannot tell on the surface?
How loyal I am