“We’re just ordinary people, we don’t know which way to go. ‘Cuz we’re ordinary people, maybe we should take it slow. Take it slow.”
– John Legend, “Ordinary People”
As part of my university’s Distinguished Lecture Series, singer/songwriter/humanitarian John Legend came to speak to my school (University of Arkansas – Woo Pig Sooie!) earlier this week. Opportunities such as this during my undergraduate years have made my life so very rich.
Beside the fact that John Legend’s music has the power to wrap it’s lyrical and melodic arms around you and hold you tight, he is an amazing activist using his resources to make a difference in the life of others. He stands as a great mentor to my generation. Achieving one’s own goals means nothing if you are not willing to help and foster those around you. In Legend’s words from that evening, “We’re all in this together. We’re a community. What happens to you affects me, what happens to me affects you.” His lecture reminds us that we are all EXTRAordinary people who have the ability to make positive change and growth in the world by using our education and our talents. I believe that to be true, and I spend time doing so with organizations such as Dream BIG (Believing in Girls) Southwest Arkansas, an empowerment day camp for young ladies which takes place over spring break. John Legend does so through the “Show Me Campaign,” which fights for educational equality in our beautiful United States of America.
Check out the video I created from John Legend’s lecture and mini-concert at the University of Arkansas!
A great big THANK YOU to my school, The University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, the Distinguished Lecture Committee, and John Legend for this wonderful experience to cap off my time here at the You of A! I leave you with final words from Legend’s recent song “Who Do We Think We Are.”
“Everyone needs someone to look up to… Why shouldn’t it be us?”
Until next time, Ci Vediamo!!!