I want to offer a special salute to Sonja Ingraham
for the outstanding job she is doing at Miami
Carol City High School. Her musical skills are
Gaining statewide attention. The principal of the school
Is Ms. Mary Henry.
Ms. Henry you have a jewel at your school, but
you already know that, Mrs. Ingraham, Ms. Henry you are
Actually you are my Super-"Sheroes" because
are having such a positive impact on our young students'
You are not perfect people but you are people who are
called to a perfect Mission.
You are called To intensify, integrate, instruct, and
inspire Our children to Reach for higher heights.
Keep up The good works. To our viewing audience I am
sure you will agree that our school system is full of
Heroes and She-roes, Teachers, Administrators, Support
Staff, and the parents that volunteer their services.
I'm glad about it.
Rev. King said this: We are all tied together in a single
garment of destiny, what affects one directly, affects
To me that is what makes our Heroes and "She-roes"
SUPER they guide our youth through educational activities
NOW, for a SPECIAL CHALLENGE FOR OUR STUDENTS.
Students you must do the best you can with what you have.
Remember, it is never about the size of the dog
in the fight - it is about the size of the fight in the
SNOPP DOGGY DOGG says "Bow, Wow, Wow, Yippy Yo,
And too many Of school age youth are so in love with these
lyrics that our young people repeat the terminology with
fervor calling each other dogs and behaving like dogs.
When young men call each other dogs they call their young
ladies female dogs.
Well, I've stopped by to remind you that "if you
down with dogs you will get up with fleas."
Some folk will say that a dog is a man's best friend.
And that too is true. Nevertheless, even some of man's
best friend have mange.
Today the mange comes out as Gansta Rap that is as nasty
as it wants to be. And too many of our young folk appear
to be so caught up in the talk that they seldom realize
that derogatory TALK can lead them to a deadly WALK. I've
witnessed known criminals "Livin" what Ricky
Martin calls "La Vida Loca" being treated as
respected members of this Miami Dade County community.
We need student ROLE MODELS to turn this dysfunctional
behavior around. Mariah Carey says "THANK GOD I FOUND
YOU" and Toni Braxton says, "JUST BE A MAN ABOUT
Aaliyah suggest that you "TRY AGAIN."
And the 4-1-1 on Sisqo is that he would have you caught
up in the "THONG SONG." But I don't care what
Sisqo says young ladies you must stand up and stand firm,
because if you don't stand for something, you will fall
SO even though the 504 Boyz cries "WOBBLE WOBBLE"
young ladies you must help your sisters overcome the legacy
of inequality and stop becoming mothers before they become
Let me remind you young ladies, young men don't want
Let me also say this, If a young man is "hitting
on you" and he is in school, studying hard, and making
all "A's" tell him to keep on talking. But if
he is OFF THE CHAIN, if he's hanging out, flunking out
and dropping out, tell him to keep on walking you don't
need no body to help you do bad, you can do bad all by
yourself. Follow the advice of Erica Badu tell those young
bucks to "Call Tyrone. But don't use your phone."
Tell them you don't want No Scrubs. In fact Jagged Edge
put it best tell them LET'S GET MARRIED.
Carl Thomas declares "I WISH" well I wish young
men would strive for spiritual-determination therefore
I am calling upon you STUDENT LEADERS- especially ROLE
MODELS to help our young men stop becoming fathers before
they become husbands.
Oh yes, Sammie says "I LIKE IT" well I would
truly like it you were about the business of improving
the quality of our existence, reforming heads and transforming
hearts, As Jo Jo and Casey explains "All of your
USHER urges you-to take it "Nice and Slow"
but DESTINY CHILD says "No, No, No!"
Black Rob says "WHOA" And I say, when our
STUDENTS learn to say "WHOA," that is learn
to STOP acting a fool in the schoolhouse they won't have
to worry about doing time in the jail house.
Whitney Houston & Deborah Cox says life is A
THE SAME SCRIPT, DIFFERENT CAST and Cash Money (CMB)
says, THIS IS MY LIFE. True, this may be the same script
and yes this is your life but you must help our people
"Represent" you must work to help strengthen
our families and because, as students, you have the sophistication,
edification and determination you can follow the advice
of Trick Daddy and tell all THOSE who are caught up looking
good rather than being good "Ah HUH, O. K. WHAT'S
UP -SHUT UP."
Students you must help each other not get caught up in
the RAP or the FAD - you see FADS come and FADS go.
TOO many of our students get caught up in designer items.
TOMMY HILFIGERS, Beepers, Chains around their necks, gold
teeth in their mouth, and BMWs. Well I've stopped by to
let you to know that it is not enough to look good on
the outside, you need to have something on the inside.
And just like craving designer clothes can dress you up,
the cravings can mess you up!
Remember this, Tommy Hilfigers will never replace understanding
MATH FIGURES, CHAINS of the outside will not replace brains
on the inside. BEEPERS are for creeper who need peepers
to keep them from being sleepers, Gold Teeth in your mouth
will never be a beneficial substitute for GOAL RELATED
THOUGHTS in your mind, and the only BMW that will bring
you closer to success is a Bold Mind Working to fulfill
In summary, let me share a personal lesson I extracted
from a story about Michelangelo that I think relates to
student leaders . Let me explain, the artist Michelangelo
often stirred up the opposition of the contemporary artists
of his day. Many of them envied his magnificent abilities.
One particular example was the architect Bramante. Pope
Julius retained Michelangelo to build him a splendid tomb,
and Michelangelo gladly accepted the project and spent
eight months in a marble pit personally cutting and selecting
the most perfect stones. When he returned, he found the
Pope had second thoughts. Bramante did not tell the truth,
he lied, and turned Pope Julius against the project. The
Pope canceled it.
Later the idea for another special project entered the
Pope's mind. Bramante saw the project as a time consuming
trap, one for which there would be little public recognition.
Bramante recommended Michelangelo for that job.
The great artist saw the trap. He knew what Bramante
was up to. He wished to turn the project down but did
not want to refuse the Pope's request.
But then he pondered as to how he could ignite GOODWILL,
and make his service BENEFICIAL.
So Michelangelo went to work, in spite of the deception.
He spent many years doing the slow and tedious labor the
And what came out of his labor was the Sistine Chapel.
A chapel that is famous for its benefit to all.
The inspiration that flowed through Michelangelo can
likewise flow through each student.
That is exactly what our educational strategies are seeking
to do. And you know what? The strategies will succeed,
they will not be stopped. They are a living, powerful
river that easily circumvents all obstacles. You see Michelangelo
collected his inner forces for a complete victory. Likewise,
you must not fear to face the trickery of some people
who would work to get you off of your educational game
plan and expose it for what it is. This is not negative,
but intelligent protection and keen perception.
I am more convinced than ever that when our students
collect their inner forces, they will create and superior
education is the rule. For me:
No mountain of indifference is too high,
No valley of opposition is too low,
No forests of resistance is too dense and
No water of antagonism is too deep to stop Committed students
YOU must push forward until education flows down like
water and your academic excellence like a mighty stream.
So Ire stopped by to salute you and encourage all of our
students to keep up the good work.
Run on and see what the end will be.
Study and don't get weary, READ and don't faint.
support a wholesome environment where obstacles, may endure
for THE NIGHT but if you stay focused on EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE:
There will be JOY!
Joy! In the morning!
Have a blessed day! ! !