The LPGA is committed to changing the face of golf, making the sport we love more diverse, accessible, and inclusive. This month we are proud to share the stories of our Black Tour players, teachers, amateurs, and junior golfers as we celebrate Black History Month.
Title/Employer: Police Captain, Miami-Dade Police Department
LPGA.com: What does Black History Month mean to you?
Elise Dillard: It means remembering and honoring my roots and the history of my people. Acknowledging the struggles and how far we have come. Moreover, represent my people in an exemplary fashion through all that I do (i.e., serving and protecting the citizens and visitors of Miami-Dade County, Volunteer coaching with the First Tee of Miami, and mentoring young girls).
Q: Which historical African American has been a source of inspiration in your life (and why)?
A: Sojourner Truth – Abolitionist and women’s rights campaigner. She has inspired me to be all I can be as a woman and recognize my skills, abilities, and talents. Strive to reach my full potential without limitations. I wanted to serve as an inspiration to young female police officers who never imagined that they could become a SWAT Commander, so I worked hard and persevered to make history in the Miami-Dade Police Department by becoming the First African American Female SWAT Commander.
Q: What role do you see African Americans playing in the golf industry in the coming years?
A: I hope that we will do more in raising funds to help make golf accessible to young African Americans and help develop their talent to a point where they can reach the next level and be competitive.
Q: How do you celebrate/honor Black History Month each year?
A: For the last 30 years, I have participated and assisted in coordinating the Progressive Officers Club’s Annual Black History Luncheon. We bring people together from within the community, law enforcement, and local Government to celebrate the History and Achievement of African Americans. In addition, me and members of my family get together over dinner to honor our family legacy and discuss ways to better our youth.
Q: What resources/tools do you recommend for those who would like to learn more about Black History? (Movies, documentaries, series, books, podcasts)
A: Today, with so much information being available at one’s fingertips, I urge anyone who wants to learn more about Black History to utilize open sources of information like books, videos, and online, but also to seek information from educators and people within your communities who are still here and can provide first-hand knowledge of the plight of African Americans. Our contribution to this Nation is vast and worth remembering.