Sep 17, 2012

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.

    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

Points to Ponder

"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 Assissi

"Dig the well before you are thirsty."
~ Chinese Proverb

It really is up to us to develop
the next generation of young
men and women of character.

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Help restore the character
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