Southern belle in the southwest

In a one-horse town just north of the Mexican border where African-Americans make up less than one percent of the population, Arleen Kennedy stands out in more ways than one. She’s bold, confident, and not afraid of change — even if that change is packing up and moving 2,300 miles across the country.

Despite being thousands of miles from home, Kennedy is a southern belle at heart. She’s refined (yet animated), courteous and kind (she gives hugs, not handshakes) and loves sweet tea, even if she’s had to sweeten it herself since she moved out west.