Smiley says, The Train Stops Here
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
One of the most prominent journalists and national radio and television personalities, Tavis Smiley, took the podium at Central State University Oct. 14, 2005. Nearly a thousand students packed Robeson Auditorium to participate in Smileys Talented Tenth HBCU Tour.
Smiley delivered an inspirational talk about the importance of being a leader and then took questions from an enthusiastic audience.
Leadership really is service. It is understanding how to be a servant Smiley said.
Smiley calls his tour the Talented Tenth in honor of sociologist W.E.B. Dubois, who saw higher education as a way of grooming future black leaders.
Geared towards young adults, Smiley discussed the characteristics of successful leaders, how to become a leader, and how to leverage your skills for future success.
Smileys tour was designed to enlighten, encourage, and empower young adults to become effective leaders in their communities, schools, and the world.
Smiley said that young African Americans have played a key role in American history. The Civil Rights Movement would not have been a success, had it not been for the involvement and engagement of young people, Smiley said. The movement would have faltered.
Smiley said its time now for the post-civil rights generation to assume a leadership role in the United States. He said the nation desperately needs leaders.
Smiley has been named by Time magazine as one of Americas 50 most promising young leaders. Newsweek profiled him as one of 20 people changing how Americans get their news and dubbed him one of the nations captains of the airwaves.
Central States radio station, WCSU 88.9 FM, broadcasts Smileys radio program every Friday at 11 a.m.
Many students enjoyed Smileys speech, calling it enlightening, inspirational, and empowering. Central State senior Jasper Person agreed with much of what Smiley said. How can one lead if he has never followed, and how can one follow if he has never served?
Smiley left the studens with a question: Are you one of the talented tenth?
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