“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppress you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” (Titus 2:7-8)
A role model amounts to a person so effective, so inspiring in a social role that he or she can act as a model for others. All people possess their own idea of whomever their role model appears to be. Ms. Roberta Greene portrays the success that I wish to accomplish as a black female leader. She realizes that no limits exist as to what can be achieved.
“Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Determination is a firmness of purpose. When an individual needs assistance, whether it be money or information, Ms. Greene convinces one that she is sincere when offering help. She makes sure the problem appears to be solved with encouragement for the individual’s efforts. One leaves realizing that whatever is desired can be accomplished.
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
The most important quality for someone to value is self-respect. People cannot expect respect back if they do not respect themselves. Ms. Greene has so much self-respect for herself that she sets higher standards for herself after each of her accomplishments. If one sets his or her goals at the same level each time, nothing will ever be accomplished over what was already done.
“Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children and their children to the next generation.” (Joel 1:3)
Youth is one of the early stages of development. Whatever morals and values that are taught to each young individual will most likely be passed on. It is important that we are taught well so that the ones behind us are also well instructed. Ms. Greene shows African-American children there are choices out there that are better than killing each other. She shows them that nothing is impossible. Our children are our future and whatever morals and values they see - whether they be wise or foolish ones - will have to be faced when those before them have passed on. Ms. Greene leaves behind the legacy that dreams can come true.
Ms. Roberta Greene not only is a role model for me, but she is also a friend and my boss, as well as a fellow Christian. Let those behind us be influenced by her.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18)
MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: Did Black History Month pass you by? February is traditionally the month where contributions of African Americans are recognized in schools and communities across the nation. Different schools have their own ways of marking the month - some more than others. Eastern Washington University, along with the Martin Luther King Center of Spokane, held its annual essay contest for all students in Spokane County. Our Generation is publishing two of the winning essays by local teenagers. Below, Ariel Smith of Lewis and Clark High School writes about a black leader who is a role model to her, and Lance Neely of Medical Lake Middle School writes about a past event that helped improve social conditions for all Americans. Here are the names and schools of the first- and second-place winners: Elementary Division: Julius DeFour, Grant Elementary; Austin Washington, Moran Prairie. Junior High Division: Lance Neely, Medical Lake; Sylvester Chatman, Chase. High School Division: Ariel Smith, LC; Satirhea Goncalves, Ferris. College Division: April Burns, EWU; Daryl Parker, EWU.