What is Your Legacy?

What is a legacy? Is it planting seeds in a garden you will never get to see? Is it making a name that will go on for generations? Is it something that you already have? Booker T Washington was a profound African American man who often pondered on this question.

Washington grew up as a slave, and because people regrettably in that time did not see him as human, he did not know his legacy. He did not know his father. He knew his mother and his siblings, and he knew how to work and to work hard. So he spent his life working. He first worked in the salt mines to get an education. When he was in grade school his teacher asked what his last name was. He didn't know, he was never given one, so he said Washington. He didn’t know who he was or to whom he belonged and because of that he had no reason to work as hard as he did because the family name would not be marred if he failed.

Booker T. Washington did not use this as an excuse but rather as a driving force for him to propel himself. He graduated and then started a school. He made a name for himself but more importantly he made a name for future generations. He made the Tuskegee Institute which was founded on hard work. He made a legacy of work.

What legacy will you make? Unlike Washington, we know where we come from. Whether from our heavenly Father or from our mom and dad. We have a legacy left for us here at school. We have a legacy left by our graduates. We have a legacy left by our founding fathers Washington, Madison, Hamilton, and Henry.

The question now is, are we going to pick up what's left for us to do? Are we going to finish the race? Run the race the best we can? We know where we come from, so what are we going to do with that? Will we bring up our family name, our house name and our name as Christians if we are in Christ, or will we not?

What is your legacy? What seeds will you plant?

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Jon, one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).