“Courage is Coming” has been on the minds of many Benjamin Carson students for the past few months.
The announcement referred to “Courage to Care” – a fundraiser at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church for Covenant Community Care to raise money to provide health care for uninsured children. It also was about the arrival of Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University, who was the keynote speaker at the Covenant event.
The highlight of the campaign was the event on April 11 that featured Dr. Carson’s motivational speech and performances by Detroit Children’s Choir.
Carson’s two-day visit was the result of much preparation by Covenant and staff and students at Benjamin Carson High School. During the campaign students were assigned as ambassadors to promote the event and spread Carson’s message. They were a crucial aspect of the success of the event.
“To have the chance to sit with groups of people with great minds, and come up with multiple ideas to make the event a success, was spectacular,” said ophomore India Amos said.
The event was a great success, filling the 3,500 capacity church. Carson’s positive speech was well received. Many of the audience were students, including Ben Carson students. Carson talked about the importance of education and urged Detroiters to take a “be nice” pledge and not be constrained by the naysayers.
“If you take advantage of educational opportunities, there’s no one who can keep you down,” Carson said.
The event ended with the Benjamin Carson High School Naval Junior ROTC color guard retiring the colors.
On April 12, Carson came to Ben Carson High School to speak to stakeholders and meet with students. Dr. Gary Willyerd, Associate Dean of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic medicine, made the opening remarks which were followed by a presentation about the Future DOcs program which involves a number of Ben Carson students. During the stakeholder reception Carson was presented with the first honorary diploma from Benjamin Carson High School by Roy Roberts, Emergency Manager of Detroit Public Schools.
After the reception, Carson participated in a panel discussion led by sophomore Nayeem Latif and freshman Kayla Kennard and answered student questions. He said that we all have will power and we make decisions about what kind of person we’re going to be. He also advised students to determine where their strengths are.
“Go with what talents God has given you,” Carson said.
At the end of the discussion, student Asiah White presented him with a number of gifts on behalf of Covenant Community Care, including a Spirit of Detroit award from the Detroit City Council.
The two-day event ended with the City Year Corps members leading the audience in the BCHS cheer.
“Ben Carson, we’ve got the power, the world is ours!”
From the Detroit Free Press: source.