If you know somebody who's not on point, go back and bring that brother along -- those who've been left behind, who haven't had the
same opportunities we have -- they need to hear
from you. Don't put them down.. Later on, he said, "It was the thing for me to do. Where is Chester Davenport? He's here. But Chester didn't mind. Communities just a couple miles from my house in
Chicago, communities just a couple miles from here -- they're places where jobs are still too scarce and wages are still too low; where schools are underfunded and violence is pervasive; where too
many of our men spend their youth not behind a desk in a classroom, but hanging out on the streets or brooding behind a jail cell.
We've got to teach them just like what we have to learn, what it means to be a man -- to serve your city like Maynard Jackson; to shape the culture like Spike Lee; to be like Chester Davenport, one
of the first people to integrate the University of Georgia Law School. In troubled neighborhoods all across this country -- many of them heavily African American -- too few of our citizens have role
models to guide them. You've got to be engaged on the barbershops, on the basketball court, at church, spend time and energy and presence to give people opportunities and a chance. And if you
haven't, commit yourself to being that man to somebody else.
So be a good role model, set a good example for that young brother coming up. When he got there, nobody would sit next to him in class. Pull them up, expose them, support their dreams.
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THE PRESIDENT: But that doesn't mean we don't have work -- because if we're honest with ourselves, we know that too few of our brothers have the opportunities that you've had here at Morehouse.
Someone needed to be the first." And today, Chester is here celebrating his 50th reunion. (Applause.)
So if you've had role models, fathers, brothers like that -- thank them today