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THE TIGER AND THE TORCH ebook

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ROAR! “THE FACT THAT THE INDIVIDUAL HAS BEHIND AND SURROUNDING HIM PROUD FAMILY HISTORY AND CONNECTION SERVES AS A STIMULUS TO HELP OVERCOME OBSTACLES WHEN STRIVING FOR SUCCESS.” 40 BOOKER T. WASHINGTON Just us bricks. We’re all that’s left. Someone took the time to shape us. Someone built us into something meaningful. We contained the fire, provided warmth and helped to create a wealth of resources for Our Community. Look at us now. We’re disconnected, we’re sitting here waiting for something to happen. People are often just the same. Anyway, I’m just a brick, what do I know? Without strong leadership, without communication, without other raw materials, it’s just us bricks. Let’s rebuild something meaningful on the hallowed ground on which we sit. Please, let’s do more than be just us bricks. By Davina Irvin Bricks with over a century of legacy, Bricks that remind us of days gone by-- Is it a great beginning or an abrupt ending? It all depends. Can you hear their cry? I wonder how those bricks were viewed decades ago when they were first laid upon the ground? What if those men had ignored the strength within? Or what if they were left alone and never made a sound? How many years since 1966? When is the time for us to address the need? Just exactly what should be important about those bricks? Who will take the lead? By Rita Irvin ROAR! “HONESTY AND OPENNESS IS ALWAYS THE FOUNDATION OF INSIGHTFUL DIALOGUE.” 41 bell hooks THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 39

ACCESS: WORDS AS ART ROAR! READ THE AUTOBIOGRAPHIES OF LEADERS YOU ADMIRE. Samples of Edgar A. Long’s Handwriting from A Vision of Education: Selected Writings of Edgar A. Long, Edited by Anna Fariello ROAR! EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE FOR SOMEONE YOU RESPECT BY SENDING THEM A HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU NOTE. THE TIGER & THE TORCH Page | 40