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By John Langley - Simple Gifts



John Langley poses with the Rev. Jesse Jackson before Jackson speaks to the campus leaders at Benedict College on voting rights.


John Langley poses with Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, after a rally held at Benedict College.


What does it mean to be a Power for Good in the 21st Century? Does it mean you excel in academics alone and laugh at those who struggle? Does it mean you reach the highest peak of the mountain top and condemn those who still aimlessly reach for the top? Does it mean you engage in the democratic process without encouraging others to voice their opinions as well? Does it mean you negate the contributions from those who have paved the way for you? Does it mean you prevent the nation of people trailing behind you from gleaning from your insight? Absolutely not.

A Power for Good in the 21st Century is an individual who notices a struggling classmate and offers them a helping hand. This individual is one who encourages all to fly to the moon, understanding that even if they don’t make it there, they will land amongst the stars.

One who believes that all lives matter regardless of race, cultural origins, and or religion is most certainly a Power for Good in the 21st Century; all voices should be heard whether they be of the minority or majority, because ‘all people’ have made a conscientious effort to better this nation we call America. Lastly, A Power for Good in the 21st Century is a Simple Gifts Scholar and a Benedict College Tiger.

As a Simple Gifts Scholar and Benedict College Tiger, I have become that Power for Good in the 21st Century. I have made lasting impressions and improvements for my institution and community through involvement in service learning activities.

I was fortunate to pass the Praxis Exam while attending Lakewood High School in Salemburg. This was a major milestone in my pursuit to become an educator; many of my peers to this day have not been able to jump this hurdle. Therefore, I was compelled to tutor those of my peers at Benedict College who had not passed this exam.

I hosted prayer breakfast and taught Campus Bible Studies with the department of Faith and Student Development at Benedict College to empower leaders and Christian believers on our campus to be all they can be during their tenure at our illustrious institution. My cabinet and I attended presidential campaign rallies to show our support to those who wish to see America become the great nation our forefathers knew it could become.

Our support to these rallies were not about supporting red or blue candidates, but it had all to do with the right and privilege we as American citizens have of voicing our opinions and choosing those who we feel will best lead us into a hopeful life, a stable and reliable liberty, and an intentional happiness.

God, Simple Gifts Fund, the Tiger Family, my relatives and church families have shaped me into a young man who will one day change the world at large. I will forever be grateful for the deposits staked in my life. It is my prayer that one day I will successfully matriculate through life and show the world that the Simple Gifts Fund and Benedict College shapes hearts, minds, bodies, and souls into becoming Powers for Good in the 21st Century.

By John Langley

Simple Gifts

John Langley poses with the Rev. Jesse Jackson before Jackson speaks to the campus leaders at Benedict College on voting rights.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_image.jpegJohn Langley poses with the Rev. Jesse Jackson before Jackson speaks to the campus leaders at Benedict College on voting rights.

John Langley poses with Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, after a rally held at Benedict College.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_image2.jpegJohn Langley poses with Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, after a rally held at Benedict College.
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