This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the UGA Campus Chapter of NAACP’s Inaugural Image Awards, and I must say that it was fabulous.
Unlike UNC, UGA students don’t have as many formals or balls- so they relish opportunities to dress up. People definitely came with their “A” game, and as always, you’re surprised to see how well some people can clean up.
Anyhow, the spirit of the night was incredible, and for once, I felt that black students at UGA were on one accord in reference to the issues that we face daily on this campus and in the community.
For me, the highlight of the night was hearing former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young give the address. His message was incredibly inspirational, and it left me wondering why he doesn’t go back to being a preacher. And when he announced that he now listens to books on his Ipod, in addition to music; I decided I still have a long way to go on my journey of being truly educated and inspiring to others.
Young said that he believes that our struggle is to now integrate the corporate aspect of America; to integrate the money. He reminded us all that the challenges we face are because we are children of God, involved in the essential struggle of good versus evil.
It was truly an awesome message, from an equally awesome person whom I admire. And it helped to re-focus my attention on the things that matter. I feel rejuvenated, and ready to face the future. Gotta love that.