Saturday, December 31, 2011

Celebrating (and Creating) a Proud Black History

Crossposted from Visions Online
by Henry Ford

Raven Stevenson
By the time the next issue is published, we will have honored Dr. Martin Luther King and celebrated Black History Month. On December 27th I had the pleasure of getting a head start by listening to a broadcast on the BDPA iRadio Show. The program featured three dynamic individuals, including Raven Stevenson, a student studying Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. Raven is also a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve and a former member of a BDPA High School Computer Competition Team trained by BDPA Greater Columbia chapter.

After listening to the broadcast, and communicating with Raven, it was clear that she represents the Black History that we dream of, pray for, and work for. Intelligent, involved, personable, grateful, and the list goes on and on. Because of the powerful and diverse content of the program, there will be more written and shared in the future on our inspirational blog.

We can best support and replicate the efforts of people like Raven by becoming committed to positive change. As Raven shared with the listening audience "...dreaming is achieving the impossible..."

Raven and others featured throughout this issue are representative of Dreamers and Doers, and we feel blessed to know and feature them.

Henry Ford
Continue to dream, and pray, and build and support, and grow into your possibilities. Whatever you do or fail to do in the coming days, weeks, months, and years will become a part of your life story, and the history that will be celebrated in the future.

Henry Ford is an author, speaker, consultant and publisher of VISIONS Online. Henry is BDPA Cleveland chapter member. He wrote the book, The Power of Association: Success Through Volunteerism.

2 comments:

Henry Ford said...

Wayne,
THANKS for the acknowledgement, but who can (or should) deny the presence of the greatness that surrounds us in the form of people like Raven, other students, the fine mentors and others who nurture, support and encourage?
Henry

Wayne Hicks said...

Henry - I think that many would be willing to acknowledge the greatness and success stories of BDPAers like Raven. Unfortunately, few of these acknowledgements or success stories are documented for posterity. I appreciate you for taking time to share your thoughts from the BDPA iRadio Show interview back on 12/27/2011. I'm glad that I can recognize your support and the successes of Raven via this blog.

One thing BDPA needs to do is share more of our success stories. I hope you will continue to do so ... and I look forward to sharing your thoughts here on my blog!