I am very worried about future generations. Education as we have known it is dead. The computer screen has replaced human beings. Computer screens do not have hearts and souls.

I love Furman University because Furman University loved me. Those wonderful human beings who made up the faculty looked at this kid with poor eyesight and no money and they saw a teachable, reachable brain. They encouraged that brain to come alive. They pushed, they pounded, they nagged, and they encouraged that brain to think for itself. Not only did they make certain that the foundation was solid but then they went further. They reached for the soul. What are you going to do to make the world a better place? How will you pass it on? I left there with a thirst for knowledge that has not been quenched. I left there with a sense of responsibility for others that will not let me rest.

Who will do that for future generations? Who will look at a kid with all the odds stacked against her or him see the potential and set out to release it?

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