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20 Under 40: Hasberry works to make difference through TNA Heat

By JUSTIN SMITH | The Selma Times-Journal

Letti Hasberry’s grandmother had a conversation with her at the age of three that Hasberry believes fueled her desire to become a lawyer.

Her grandmother, Letti Davis, told her, “you mean teacher,” when she asked her about what she wanted to do when she grew up.

The three-year-old responded back and said, “No, I am going to be a lawyer.”

Hasberry is a graduate of The University of Alabama and Miles Law School. 

Hasberry grew up in Selma and attended Southside High School.

She attended The University of Alabama and obtained her bachelor’s degree in political science. She would go to law school at Miles College.

Her experience of growing up in Selma has motivated her to give back to children in the community.

“My experience growing up in Selma is very different from kids in this generation’s experience,” Hasberry said. “When I was growing up, Selma had many more things going on like the movie theater and bowling alley.”

The 32-year-old has brought her talents back to Dallas County and serves as a paralegal for Walton Law Firm in Selma. Her job gives her a unique perspective on crime in the community.

“The crime rate in Selma is a bit high, and I see a lot of cases come through my desk,” Hasberry said. “It is an experience to see things from the inside instead of seeing what is displayed in some of the media.”

When she is not working, Hasberry is out serving the community. She has served as an assistant coach for both girl’s basketball and softball at Southside. She is also active in her church, Plantersville Grove Baptist Church, and has even spent time as a private tutor.

One of her biggest contributions to the community is through the TNA Heat organization.

The organization allows kids of different ages to play basketball and travel.

Traveling allows them to see and experience things that they normally would not see.

“There is not much to do around Selma and our organization gives kids something to do,” Hasberry said. “Our traveling is just a plus, and it gives kids something fun to do.

The Selma community has given Hasberry a lot of different experiences, and she has a big goal for her community.

“My goal for Selma is for everyone to work together,” Hasberry said. “I have struggles with the organization that could all be eliminated if the city comes together and works together, and I think that it can solve a lot of problems.”