Meridian Star

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April 7, 2013

Wheels of confidence

Kebra Moore to represent Mississippi in Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant

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MERIDIAN — Ms. Wheelchair America

– and beyond

    As Mississippi's representative for Ms. Wheelchair America, Moore said she hopes to raise women's self confidence.

    "Just within the last couple of years, I started feeling comfortable in my own skin and my wheelchair," she said. "This wheelchair is now my brand. It gets me in the door and sometimes to the front of the line, where I use my story to help other women."

    Moore will represent the state at the national competition in Houston, Texas, July 15-21. Although a newcomer to the pageant arena, she speaks like a pro when sharing her platform: "Focus on ability, not disability."

    "Do not allow society to direct your future because you don't look like people on TV," she said. "Don't allow your injury to affect who you are and your spirit. As a woman, you should always take care of yourself and look your best."

    In addition to her recently acquired regal post, Moore is also an accomplished singer. While gospel/inspirational music is her passion, she studied opera and classical music for more than four years, and is also experienced in jazz.

    "I've kind of dibbled and dabbled in a bunch of different music genres," she said. "With me singing gospel, I put my flavor into all of my songs with what I've learned; I'm more contemporary gospel."

    Moore has been traveling with Ability Expo performing in Houston, Atlanta, California, New York and Chicago.

    Her first CD is scheduled for release in July. She is planning a video for her new original song "Never Let Him Go," which she cowrote with her husband and her pastor, the Rev. Gary Adams. An accompanying video will be filmed in early summer.

    "I will be filming a video for the song with Teen Hotwheels, a group of 20-25 year-old women who perform dance moves in their wheelchairs," she said. "The video will be shot in California at a rehab center in June," she said.

    Moore also has been asked to speak at the Disability Mega Conference in Jackson this summer. And if that is not enough to keep her busy, she is planning a ski trip.

    "I get so many comments on how my story motivates women – not just those in a wheelchair," she said. "It makes me feel good to know that I can bless someone's life."

    Her encouragement to others faced with life's obstacles is to pray and believe.

    "That's what we always have," she said. "When we pray we have to believe in what we're praying; you don't want to pray in vain. Try not to have that mindset of 'It is what it is,' try to think higher ... People would tell me, 'You can do it,' but I had to believe it. And when I started believing, I started seeing and God started opening doors for me."

    • Penny Randall, public affairs specialist at NAS Meridian, contributed to this article.

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