By Charles Wheelan
Modeled on Charles Wheelan’s 2011 type Day Speech at Dartmouth collage, this choice of refreshingly sincere recommendation and observations is the antidote to these cotton-candy platitudes which are all too usual to a person who’s ever worn a mortarboard. Armed with a PhD in public coverage, a long time of expertise in social technological know-how learn, and—perhaps so much important—good-natured humor, Wheelan deals up 10½ head-turning aphorisms on happiness and luck that anybody staring down the barrel of commencement must listen yet most likely hasn’t heard but. Celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Peter Steiner provides a marginally of caprice along with his irreverent illustrations sprinkled all through.
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Not necessarily with those individuals, but with a group of people who were doing similarly important things and who could meet to enjoy one another’s company. I was so interested in their operations that I sometimes neglected 40 VERNON CAN READ! my duties. The club always had an after-dinner speaker. Instead of staying in the kitchen, helping to clean up, and getting packed to go home, I would go back near the dining area, stand at a discreet distance, and listen to the speeches. What they were saying did not always interest me, but I was interested in the way each speaker presented himself.
So I took the form, filled it out, and we never said another word about it. I enjoyed my time at the Capital City Country Club. Not only was the money good, but it provided another avenue for my budding entrepreneurship: selling liquor to my fellow waiters. ” You couldn’t buy liquor there. This was a real problem for the waiters at the club who enjoyed drinking. Most of them relied on public transportation, so it wasn’t a simple matter of driving into Atlanta to get alcohol. That was where I came in.
Du Bois called the “talented tenth” and to take what they had learned back into their communities as teachers, doctors, ministers, social workers. These young people were all around me. Although I loved being close to Spelman so that I could watch the girls, it was also important for me to move among young people who were going somewhere. There was no way for me to think that blacks could not aspire to and achieve excellence. I could be one of them. Even if there were arbitrary rules designed to keep us from rising as far as we could, I never had cause to doubt that we had the ability to compete in the world if the rules could be made fair.
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