By Darlene L. Williams, Contributing Writer

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Showcasing the accomplishments, contributions, and stories of local African Americans have been the focus of the February issues in the Bakersfield News Observer (BNO). 

The BNO celebrates Adeyinka Glover, a Clients’ Rights Advocate and Attorney at Disability Rights California in the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy. 

The 32-year old attorney advocates for the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. 

Previously, Adeyinka worked as an attorney at two legal nonprofit organizations in the Central Valley; Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc., 2014-2017; Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, 2017-April 2020— where she assisted clients and communities with housing, domestic violence, guardianships, and environmental justice priorities. 

Adeyinka believes it is important to provide high quality legal advocacy to underserved populations to ensure their needs are met so that individual, families, and communities can thrive. 

Glover holds a J.D. (Juris Doctor Degree) from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Africana Studies at San Diego State University.

Bakersfield News Observer (BNO) spoke with Adeyinka for a Q & A. 

Glover stated that she would much rather let her works speak for her than to be given accolades.  Glover’s extraordinary achievements and biography is praiseworthy and “we give honor where honor is due.”  

Q:  What is your passion?

A:  My passion is helping people. I know it may sound cliché, but I really want to live a life of service to help those around me and advance my community.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?

A: Yet to come!

Q:  What is your favorite place to visit?

A: My favorite place to visit is London. I have family there and it feels like another home.

Q:  What are your hobbies/favorite movies/favorite books?

A: My favorite thing to do is travel. There is so much of the world I want to see and I am making my way across the globe. I’ve been to England (numerous times), Nigeria, South Africa, Cuba, Spain, Jamaica, among other countries. 

I enjoy learning about different cultures/customs and the experiences of
Black people around the world.  I enjoy experiencing art in various forms. I typically take about 1-2 trips out of the country annually. In 2019, I went to London and Belize. At the time I didn’t know that Belize would be my last trip out of the country due to the pandemic. I am glad I can say there is nothing I would have changed about my Belize trip had I known. I am so relaxed and free when I am abroad and I had the best trip—I even tried snorkeling for the first time!

Despite how much I enjoy traveling, the pandemic is serious and I would not want to risk my life or my family’s life traveling unnecessarily. My love of traveling can wait. 

My love for traveling is not exclusive to other countries, I think it’s important to explore one’s own “backyard” and I’ve tried to do that more in recent years. I grew up in the Central Valley so I enjoy trips to Yosemite and to Colonel Allensworth

Q: Do you have a favorite quote?

A: I love quotes. I typically have quotes posted everywhere for inspiration. On any given day my favorite quotes changes. A few quotes that I enjoy right now are:

“We come in peace, but we mean business.”— Janelle Monae

“The most common way we give our power away is by thinking we don’t have it.”—Alice Walker

“Everything you do plants a seed that will produce a harvest.  What are you harvesting right now? Have you planted good seeds?”—Iyanla Vanzant

Q: If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

A: There are so many things that I want to change about the world, so it would be challenging to pick one.  I firmly believe change requires action so I prefer not to speak about the changes I want to see—I’d rather act to see the changes. Many of the changes I want to see will not happen overnight, but I am proud to say I am doing my part to make those changes happen. That will bring peace to my journey. 

Q: Who inspires you?

A:  I am inspired by so many people and things. I am inspired by art in all of its forms (paintings, films, books, poems). I am also inspired by the people I love and the people I encounter. More than anything else I am inspired to become more of myself. No one in the world can be a better me than me. That goes for all of us. No one can do you, better than you. So I am inspired to be the best me possible.