When Roosevelt students entered the gym Friday for the annual assembly honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., many were surprised to see two giant men wearing football jerseys. At the conclusion of the National Anthem, these men were revealed to be former NFL players turned motivational speakers.
These men, Keith Davis and Clarence Lee, grabbed the school’s attention by doing feats of strength that left the entire student body in awe. They then took turns telling their stories of how they got to be where they did, the highest stage of football. Both men had their struggles and had clearly dealt with a lot of adversity on their paths to greatness. They discussed the importance of having a vision and what that can do for accomplishing your dreams.
Then the message was brought full circle by relating their struggles to what MLK had to go through, and what students have to go through in order to be successful in life. This speech brought a new perspective to Martin Luther King’s lifelong struggle for equality, and hopefully will change the dreams of everyone in the room.