This past Tuesday (January 31, 2012), I received a message on Facebook from a young lady named Breanna Rittman. She asked if I'm a FAMU Alumni and proudly I confirmed. Following that, we befriended each other and began to shared our Journalism experiences. Before we became Facebook friends I noticed she's currently a broadcast journalism student. This one common path opens a sea dialogue.
3 days later she informed me that she included my name in Wednesday's issue of The FAMUan. The title of the article is Students Should Know Their History.
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By Breanna Rittman
|Black History in the Making by FAMU Journalist Breanna Rittman|
I've been in the newspaper several times so this is really no big deal right? Wrong! My name is in the same article with Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Madam C.J. Walker, Dr. Martin Luther King and several more. Breanna published these words, "Motown Maurice is making his mark as a late night talk show host." Which in insinuates that I am making history. What Breanna has actually done is officially listed my name in the records of Black History. I'm making the marks and Breanna has began the engraving process.
I remember back in 2006 when I debuted my first documentary, Echoes of a Dream The Historical and Spiritual Perspective of the Civil Rights Movement starring Dr. Walter Smith, FAMU's 7th president. I anticipated so much FAMU support for it. That never happened and I just moved on to other projects. I did learned one thing from that huge endeavor. I learned that I'm not fond of creating documentaries. That took a lot out of me.
Furthermore, the listing of my name is this article is significant and I believe it will pave the way for several more. My love for FAMU grows day by day and I look forward to becoming a proud representative for my Alma Mater.
Breanna Thank you. I commend you and your efforts to bridge and maintain the ever challenging relationship between students and alumni. We're all in this together. She started a Wikipedia search that ignited a Facebook search and message that lead to this special engraving.
This special connection personifies the element of reward bestowed to voyagers who take on epic journeys. You can ask for things (support) like I did with the documentary, then not get it. Thus, as long as you continue to persevere, support and many other blessings will arrive when you least expect it. February 2012 will forever be my favorite Black History month. Despite the lost of the great Don Cornelius on February 1st. His legacy will not go in vain nor will his spirit ever vanish. His journey and path to syndicate Soul Train has many similarities paralleled to my own quest. Let his smoothness, intelligence and courageous spirit forever live in me for the purpose of creating great black history.
As the quest continues...
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