Wise Words from a Native Floridian Regarding Compromise

“Over and over, I have echoed the words of the Apostle Paul (Romans 7:21): ‘I desire to do what is right, but wrong is all that I can manage.’ The most persistent struggles of my life have always centered on the gray areas of compromise. It may be that a man cannot live in a […]

Wise Words from a Native Floridian Regarding Higher Education

  “We are calling on land grant colleges to extend their borders as we have never called on them before, not only to help the immediate students that go to their schools but to reach out in the community miles around for students to come in. Give students an opportunity. Build tents for these boys […]

Deion Sanders Knows the Power of Dreams

“If your dream ain’t bigger than you, there’s a problem with your dream.” Deion Sanders, Major League Baseball and National Football League superstar, sports broadcaster and Florida native. The ‘So-What?! Significance: This is certainly not the day to doubt yourself. America was founded on a hardcore belief — a dream that became a world superpower. […]

Daniel ‘Chappie’ James Jr. on Racism in the U.S. Marines Corps

“The Marines don’t have any race problems. They treat everybody like they’re black.” — Florida native and the first U.S. Air Force four-star general Daniel “Chappie” James Jr.

How Can We Forget Mary McLeod Bethune?

“I know you cannot all remember my name, but you will remember this face, remember this crown of white hair, remember the yearnings of a heart that is pleading for the unity of the world, that all of us may brothers be.” Source: Mary McLeod Bethune: Building a Better World Edited by Audrey Thomas McCluskey […]

James Weldon Johnson Knew the Power of Being Young, Gifted and Black

“You are young, gifted and Black. We must begin to tell our young. There’s a world waiting for you. Yours is the quest that’s just begun.” James Weldon Johnson, author, civil rights, activist, composer, diplomat, educator and Florida native. The ‘So-What?!’ Significance: The words resonate. They did when James Weldon Johnson first uttered them. They […]

A. Phillip Randolph’s Chicken vs. Egg Concern of Freedom

  “Negroes must be free in order to be equal, and they must be equal in order to be free… Men cannot win freedom unless they win equality. They cannot win equality unless they win freedom.” A. Phillip Randolph, civil rights activist, labor union ┬áleader and Florida native. The ‘So-What?!’ Significance: Today, black people are […]