On September 19, Texas Southern University honored one of its important figures and alumni on the 87th annual Founders’ Day ceremony in the auditorium.
There were many founders, Barbara Jordan included, but the ceremony’s main focus was former Congressman George Thomas “Mickey” Leland.
Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree and, soon after, a doctorate degree from Texas Southern University, Leland was not only a good person known to help others in need, he also got elected to Congress in the House of Representatives.
During his tenure, he was an activist for the people in poverty and the hungry in both the U.S. and the world.
One of the speakers at the ceremony said that to “build a bridge, you have to take the first step.”
This same quote implies the way Leland approached his plan to help the world with the problems it was facing and provided great service to all those who and wherever he went.
When he passed away in 1989, he became recognized as one of the most influential notables of TSU, later being honored on Founders’ Day.
An airport terminal in Texas is among the many things made in his name.
Many of Leland’s similarities are also those of his good friend, Gene Locke.
Locke, now a Texas attorney, spoke about his late friend at the ceremony and some of the things crucial to those attending about the opportunities.
Locke said “Opportunities are going to come.”
Leland had a vision and, when the opportunity came, he took it.
Not only did he and Locke take the opportunities that came, they were able to accomplish them due to a “successful attitude.”
A takeaway from Locke’s speech is whatever we want to do in life, we must have a successful attitude and also be prepared when the opportunity comes.
Leland and Locke did exactly just that while Locke gave his amazing speech during the ceremony.
After the ceremony, many of the students agreed on its presentation.
One of them said that it was “impactful” , “powerful”, and what she took away from it was that the only one who holds you back from what you want to do in life is you, nobody else.
Another student said the ceremony was “eye-opening” and also said “no matter” your descriptions or qualities, you can do what you want in life.
One other from the school’s choir said the ceremony was “good” and “at TSU you make your decisions” on what you want to achieve success.
Another student said the ceremony could have been “more directed”, but it was “motivational”.
Another student I interviewed said the ceremony was “interesting” all throughout, then said to “have an attitude” when speaking on what he took away from the ceremony itself.
Most of these students interviewed after the ceremony have all agreed on something after it concluded.
This ceremony is definitely one to remember, where a very good speech on Locke’s late friend who, again, became recognized as TSU’s historic figures and one of the founders of this university.