Kenric Brooks
On my way to becoming the first African-American to visit 206 countries

I’m a native of the United States of America by way of Atlanta, GA. Like many, I started with a very humble beginning. I grew up in Atlanta, GA, with deep country roots, influenced by my grandmother. We used to spend many weekends and summers in the home where my grandmother grew up. It is an interesting story, to say the least; my great-great-grandfather, John Henry Johnson Sr, was born into slavery in 1855. During his lifetime, he gained 1,000 acres of land which 50 acres passed to my great-grandfather Elijah Johnson. 100 acres are now owned by the descendants of Elijah Johnson to this day.

I have many happy memories of staying on the land, drawing water from the well, feeding the animals and riding the go-kart during my childhood. I joined the United States Army at the age of 17. During this time, meeting and learning about people in unlikely locations such as Kuwait, Kosovo and Iraq sparked my quest to learn and understand the world. As I have traveled, I have learned we have more in common than we have different.

After spending twenty years in the US Military and two years in the corporate sector, I decided it was time to do something different.  My great desire to understand different cultures and try new cuisines drives me to explore the world. Follow me as I take this journey around the world to become the first African-American male to visit 206 countries. I want to share my experiences and provide the world with a unique vantage point of its beauty. I hope to promote diversity among different cultures in a positive light, echoing the compassion and love of all people around the world.

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