Sunday, October 2, 2011
“The Eloquence of the Scribes”: Initiation, Expectations, and Mastery—Continuing the Legacy of Howard University
If there was a week that emphasized education then this was the week. The lecture was given by Dr. Alvin Thornton. Dr. Alvin Thornton highlighted the importance of education among the students of Howard University and the African American community. This time was also given to stress the importance of past generations. We as Howard student should be very proud to continue this long genealogy of intellectual thinkers and hard workers.
In order to be a part of the “best and brightest” of Howard, I will strive to improve the conditions of the world that we live in today. This improvement does not only have to be accomplished academically, which will help, but it can also be improved socially. Academic research will help to understand what the masses dissatisfaction will be. Through academic research I will be able to understand how to fix these problems that the masses are dissatisfied with. Yet, through social interaction I will be able to grasp an even closer understanding of the problems occurring within individual lives whom in turn lives the dissatisfaction every day of their lives.
Lets talk about what it means to be a citizen of the world. Caring for other humans and solving problems is what it means to be a citizen of the world. My citizenship in the United States gives me an academic advantage over most other citizens in this world, because I have more opportunities available to me. If I use these opportunities to help the other citizens of this world, then this will inform the world of my national citizenry and the applications we used to help better their own country. We as world citizens seem to digress from these aspects.
A representative thinker of Howard that inspires me to “till and turn over the soil” is Dr. Charles R. Drew. Drew's hard work for the betterment of humans gave us an improvement in our health by means of blood transfusions. Citizens that follow Dr. Drew's ideals can also help , even if not medicinally. Students from Howard University will help lead this charge. Many others will follow, as we are all citizens of the world, Thank You.