Each month, Coast Monthly visits with some of the most charming people on the Texas Coast to see a few of their favorite things.
Kimberley Yancy, who was born on Christmas Day in La Marque, recently moved back to her birthplace to be a part of the unification of the community.
Yancy attended Clear Lake High School and went on to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. The mother of four is married to Clint Yancy, a pastor. In 2006, she wrote a Christian fiction novel, “Confessions of a Preacher’s Wife,” which addresses forgiveness, love and prayer. The book was adapted into a play that was performed at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston in 2008.
Yancy, who calls herself a “change maker,” is a history teacher at Dickinson ISD’s Dunbar Middle School. Her mission is to make a difference in the lives of others, she said. She’s vice president of the NAACP Dickinson-Bay Area branch, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and founder of the Malcolm X Lounge, a safe haven for students of all races at the University of Texas at Austin.
“I’ve always been one to bring people together,” she said. Yancy enjoys visiting churches and admires the historical homes and beach houses on the island. Calling her fashion style “1960s conservative chic,” she likes wearing blazers with heels, and makes sure her nails and hair are picture perfect before walking out the door.
“I’ve been called the black Victoria Osteen,” she said.
Here are a few of Yancy’s favorite things:
1. Texas Longhorn wall hanging: I’m a proud third-generation University of Texas at Austin graduate. It’s quite an accomplishment since they didn’t accept African-American students until 1956.
2. Elephant: This is the symbol of my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.
3. Pool Rules sign: I love my swimming pool, and try to swim as much as possible. I was a lifeguard in high school.
4. Book: This is the book I wrote, “Confessions of a Preacher’s Wife,” using my pen name, Mikasenoja.
5. Hat: I am definitely a big hat person. I have over 30 of them. This is my signature hat that I wear to book signings and when I travel.
6. Silver heels: These are my signature “First Lady” shoes. “First Lady” is a term of endearment for a pastor’s wife.
7. Teacher figurine: This was a gift from my friend, Leah Gaston, and is special since I’m a teacher.
8. Red makeup kit: I’m a makeup girl and prefer wearing matte lipsticks.
9. Cap: This was given to me by the Women’s Ministry of my church, New Vision Baptist, in Dickinson.
10. Hymnal: I sing from this hymnal every Sunday. My favorite hymn is “I Must Tell Jesus.”