Sewell inspires students to ‘get off the shoulders’ of giants and act

first_img By The Penny Hoarder 1234567891011PrevNextStartStop You Might Like Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 4:38 pm Saturday, February 3, 2018 Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sewell inspires students to ‘get off the shoulders’ of giants and act Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The 17th Annual Troy University Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month closed at noon Saturday with the keynote address by Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell in the Troy Center Ballrooms.Swell received a rousing applause by those who packed the ballrooms when she expressed “Happy John Lewis Day!”“If it were not for Congressman John Lewis, Terri Sewell would not be here today,” she said.Sewell said Lewis is a change agent who has brought about positive changes in human injustices and formed an arc that bends toward justice.The Alabama Congresswoman challenged the conference attendees not turn away from the injustices in today’s world, rather to acknowledge those injustices.“You have a moral obligation to do something about them,” Sewell said. “We do so to honor the legacy that our ancestors began. It is up to us to pick up the baton and finish the race.”Sewell said she has the opportunity to walk the halls of Congress because of Civil Rights leaders like Congressman John Lewis and because of the four young girls that were killed in the bombing in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.“It is an honor to serve in Congress and it is also a responsibility. But my generation can’t do it alone.”Sewell said it is time for those who have stood on the shoulders of the giants of the Civil Rights movement to do as Civil Rights icon Amelia Boynton Robinson said, “Get off my shoulders!”Sewell challenged those in attendance to get off the shoulders of others and be change agents.“Be visionary leaders,” she said. “Be patient and be persistent. Be tactical. Be strategic.“Ask what are we doing for others? What are we doing to keep moving forward?”Sewell challenged the Leadership Conference participants to be voices for the voiceless and not to complain about the situations around them – to do something.“Build bridges, not walls,” she said. “Do what is right. Congressman John Lewis said the time is always right to do the right thing.“We are inheritors of an awesome legacy. We come from good stock. Our story is American’s story. We need to get off the shoulders of others and do the work that needs to be done. Be change agents in a season of service. Collectively, we can make a difference. Make it a good one.” By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author Book Nook to reopen Trojans defeat rival South Alabama 82-71 for fourth straight win The Trojan women picked up their fourth consecutive victory on Saturday afternoon when they knocked off in-state rival South Alabama… read morelast_img read more