College students can fix ills fostered by Trump, MLK speaker says
By: Olanma Hazel Mang
Jan 21, 2019
The Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony was held on Thursday, Jan. 17. (Panther photo by Olanma Hazel Mang)
students have the tools to fix the ills of society, said the guest
speaker at Claflin University’s Martin Luther King celebration on
The event was held at the university’s W.V.M.
auditorium, where Aurelio Givens addressed Claflin students. The theme
was “We Are All One Humanity.”
“It's going to be you that corrects
some of the stupidity of our president,” Givens said. “There is a need
for emerging leaders -- visionary leaders -- to make that difference, to
correct the ills of society.”
In an interview after the event,
Givens said there will be fallout from sociological abuse, alluding to
the leadership of President Donald Trump.
future leaders who will bring hope and change, Givens said, are college
students. To effect this change, he urged them to be true to themselves
and to be fearless in offering dissenting opinions.
when you think about it, there is something we can learn from the
craziness of number 45,” Givens said, referring to Trump, “and one of
those things is that it’s OK to be yourself.”
In keeping with the
theme, Givens said people must help one another to achieve greatness
because everyone was “created in one likeness,” none greater or lesser
than the other.
His speech charged the audience to transform the
world through education and principle. Inspired by King’s life, Givens
listed 10 standards that guarantee success:
- "You must believe in yourself; your dignity matters."
fearless. Don't be afraid, even of failing because ailing has been
designed to teach lessons so that repeat it over and over again."
- "Stop looking for somebody else to fight for you and fight for yourself."
- "Keep moving. Regardless of what happens in life, keep moving."
- "Follow your morals.”
- "Act now and take responsibility for your actions."
- "Be determined to achieve excellence."
- "Stay true to your principles."
- "Stand for something because your dignity matters."
- "Have a dream."
business administration major Emmanuel Feaster said Givens’ speech was
relevant and inspirational. Like King, the college senior is a member of
the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Givens is the CEO of The ADG
Group, a leadership coaching and consulting center in Charlotte, N.C. He
is also affiliated with the fraternity.
Aurelio Givens addresses Claflin students. (Panther photo by Olanma Hazel Mang)