Friday, May 30, 2008

Bryan Stevenson: Commencement Speaker for USF Law's Graduation Ceremonies

Courtesy of the fine folks at USF Law, I'm able to share with you a video of the school's most recent commencement ceremonies. While the graduation, in and of itself, was well, a graduation, the commencement speaker, Bryan Stevenson, was phenomenal. Mr. Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. He so eloquently articulated a message of help and compassion in the face of injustice. His base message was to tell the graduates that fighting for what is "right" is often tiring, but that they shouldn't give up hope.

In remarking upon this, Mr. Stevenson spoke of an interaction he had with Rosa Parks, which was particularly inspiring to him. He explained that when he met Ms. Parks, and explained to her what he did, she told him that he must be "tired" but that he must find a way to re-energize himself.

That's his message in a nutshell, but the true value of the message is in listening to him speak it.

I couldn't embed the video correctly (yet, I'm still working on it) so all I have so far is a link to the ceremonies. Mr. Stevenson's remarks begin about 1/3 of the way in. So, without further ado, congrats to the Class of 2008, and I hope you enjoy Mr. Stevenson.

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