Feb 06, 2017
On Black History Month
A journalist once referred to Leontyne Price as, "perhaps the greatest black opera singer of all time."
To which, she replied, "What's black got to do with it?"
She defined herself by fierce dedication, discipline, training and hard work--in a word, character
Yet, editors across the country today are likely rummaging through archives to recycle columns to commemorate just a few great Americans during Black History Month.
Expect to see columns on say, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., and my favorite, Booker T. Washington.
But why commemorate these Americans during just one month out of twelve? ... because of their complexions?
Over one hundred years ago, Dr. Booker T. Washington said,
"In the sight of God there is no color line,
and we want to cultivate a spirit
that will make us forget that there is such a line anyway.
Dr. King echoed those very words words sixty years later when he spoke of his dream that little children would live in a nation judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Isn't that how it should be? By how we live, not how we look?
I say, let us celebrate character more, regardless of color.
When it comes to character, Booker T. wrote the book. Literally. His book, "Character Building" is a compilation of talks he gave to students on Sunday evenings at Tuskegee.
He championed individual character, personal responsibility and economic independence. As a practical visionary, he saw that acquiring these values were critical first steps towards developing an American culture of equality
in the hearts and minds of all
His life and legacy continues to inspire and motivate.
Now that you've read this far, I implore you to read and download as many of his books, speeches and articles that we've been able to place on our website -- all free -- here
And pass them on! Others need to know!
Finally, please support us. There is a young American out there today who may solve some of our greatest future problems, if only he or she is exposed to solid character-building inspiration and encouragement during his/her most formative years.
This is what we do! So, please donate online here
Ronald Court, President & Founder
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Starbucks on Race
Mar 26, 2015
Despite the criticism Starbucks has received, it might be on to something for reminding us we are all members of one race: the HUMAN race.
Let us not let others divide us, one from another, on the basis of what we look like.
Yes, let us appreciate all the wonderfully 'diversified' tones, talents, and textures that comprise humanity.
But let us celebrate our common aspirations and uplifting spirit inherent in a national motto, "E Pluribus Unum" ("One From Many").
"In the eyes of God, there is no color line, and we want to cultivate a spirit where we forget there's a color line anyway" Booker T. Washington.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -'Free Will' or 'Dog Eat Dog'?
Feb 13, 2015
Did you know that Abe Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the exact same day? Feb 12, 1809!
My good friend, Bill Federer, wrote about it yesterday.
It's a great read: here.
I highly recommend that you join his very informative website, American Minute.
Lincoln's and Darwin's view of the 'human condition' could not be more different:
Lincoln acted on a belief that 'all men are created equal.'
Darwin theorized that people are not created equal.
So, what do you think?
Which view offers more hope for humanity?
Ronald Court, President
p.s. I write from Montgomery Alabama, one of my several stops during my 13 week "Spring Odyssey" throughout the South and Mid-West.
You can view my schedule here, as I speak about the country to build interest in forming local Booker T. Club affiliates for middle schoolers.
If I'm anywhere near you, do plan to visit or meet me!
I'd love to see you.
Just as others in my life helped me early on, perhaps you can recall others who helped you see your potential.
Let's pass that vision on. Let's inspire and equip others with the positive mind-set and self-motivation so that they too, will be able to fulfill their potential.
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On the Road Again
I leave soon for a fifteen-state swing down the East Coast to Florida, over to Louisiana, then up through Tennessee and Kentucky until I finally return home, hopefully in a month.
It all started when I received a call last month from Rev. Paul Benjamin, from Sanford, FL, inviting me to join him in a 'Youth Entrepreneurship Summit' on Monday, Sep. 24. Rev. Benjamin directs the Central Florida Dream Center and is a driving force behind the Love Sanford Project, organized to help the community heal after the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman tragedy that occurred there seven months ago. Here's the video Love Sanford Project press announcement. (skip the commercial; that's not in our control.)
We're thrilled that Rev. Benjamin sought us out to partner with him in introducing the Booker T. Way to Sanford youths. His Central Florida Dream Center looks to be an ideal venue for a Booker T. Club.
The James Madison Institute (JMI), in Tallahasee, Florida, has been in touch with us regarding our public speaking 'niche' for the Society's high school Student Chapters. It has graciously offered to provide us with intern help to contact and coordination the establishment of Clubs and chapters throughout the Florida panhandle. So, we're looking forward to visiting with JMI, Thur Sep 27.
After all, public speaking is an essential skill no matter what path you choose in life. But even Booker T. knew how scary it can seem at first:
"I always suffer intensely from nervousness before speaking. More than once, just before I was to make an important address, this nervous strain has been so great that I have resolved never again to speak in public."
Yet, in pressing on, he gained confidence and respect. He even devoted an entire chapter to the topic in his autobiography, Up From Slavery.
Next stop: New Orleans. We've had several requests amounting to hundreds more Booker T. Washington - American Hero booklets from there. I'm looking forward to seeing how we can help local, interested people start Booker T. Clubs and Chapters in New Orleans, in particular to coincide with the grand re-opening of its once (and again) venerable Booker T. Washington High School in Fall, 2014.
Finally, Shreveport, LA. The Shreveport River Bend Rotary Club donated funds to help kick-start a local Booker T. Club, and with the help of other committed individuals, we're looking to field two clubs there in the near future: one each at a charter and a public middle school.
And Did You Know. . .?
So, lots of promising things happening on the "demand" side. But we are really struggling on the "supply" side.
Travel just keeps getting more costly no matter what I do to keep costs down (I sleep in the van and freeload off friends along the way). There's just no way around it. At this early stage, face-to-face meetings are absolutely essential.
Playwrights may call them 'angel investors.'
Start-up businesses call it, 'venture capital.'
But we need, "culture capital".
That is, large and small angels willing to invest, inspire, and build a culture of character among our next generation. It really is up to us.
Would you call yourself a culture capitalist? If so, please help me get these early clubs up and running. Call me: 802-922-2503 (my direct cell). I'll answer any questions you have.
Ronald Court, President
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Words of Wisdom
"America will never be destroyed
from the outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves"
~ Abraham Lincoln
"You cannot build character and courage
by taking away a man's initiative and independence."
~ Abraham Lincoln
"A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone."
~ Charles Darwin
"To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact."
~ Charles Darwin
"There is so much potential out there in young people and they aren't getting the right information or being encouraged in the right ways.
This is our duty as a society."
~ Dr. Ben Carson
"Character is revealed through action."
"Every one's life is measured by the power that the individual has to make the world better."
~ Booker T. Washington
"If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself."
~ Dwight L. Moody
"No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward."
~ Booker T. Washington
"There is a destiny which makes us brothers;
None goes his way alone.
All that we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own."
~ Edwin Markham
"It is in giving that we receive."
~ Francis of Assisi
"Dig the well before you are thirsty."
~ Chinese Proverb
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