Yesterday I had the awesomel opportunity to speak to an absolutely wonderful group of youth from across the city as a part of Peletah Ministries’ Read-In observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday.
First of all, I want to congratulate the organizers of that outstanding event, structured so youth could move from station to station to learn different aspects of Dr. King’s life and contributions to America and the world. Along with the pastors were local educators, college students, middle and high school students, and various categories of church and community volunteers on hand to make the event outstanding.
However what impressed me most was the youth in attendance who demonstrated great interest in learning and adding to their knowledge about Dr. King. For four hours, these young people were engaged in listening intently, participating in insightful dialog, asking relevant questions, and designing inspirational projects. As they moved from station-to-station for the allotted time, they moved orderly but excitedly to get to the new station.
I was the last on the program, not an enviable place to be with young people who had already been fully engaged for three hours. How surprised I was. These young minds were wide awake and with enthusiasm embraced me and what I had to say. Many even came up and talked long after the event had officially ended. They were fantastic and I was wowed!!!
Indeed I am encouraged by these who represent the best of what Dr. King envisioned for youth. Although I realize there are vital, crucial problems facing youth today, I came away from this experience refreshed and revitalized, re-affirming there is yet much that gives hope for the future. If he could have seen this, I believe Dr. King would have smiled upon the day and these remarkable youth inspired by his work.
Affirmation: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sit in thine house, and when thou walk by the way, and when thou lie down, and when thou rise up. Deuteronomy 6:7