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January 21, 2005, vol xi, number I
Hug Your Sons, Speaker Says to Fathers
Inspired by civil rights leaders
of the 1960s like the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. and Stokely
Carmichael, Dr. Dennis Rahiim
Watson decided that he, too, had
the power to motivate people to do
the right thing. Today he spends his
life doing just that speaking to
thousands of college students.
Dr. Watson was a guest
speaker at the final Spring 2005 stu-
dent orientation activity on the St.
Croix campus. His presentation
Motivational speaker Di
was titled "100 Challenges Facing rht, dmontate
right, demonstrates how f
Students of Color in the 21st Cen- tier onby hugingCarl
thief sons by huging Carl
tury." campus student.
Dr. Watson, who had to over-
come his childhood stuttering to become a motivational speaker,
had his share of problems, including being kicked out of high
school 37 times. He went on to graduate from the Harlem
Preparatory School and Fordham, Pace and New York Uni-
The lack of self-discipline and self control is a major chal-
lenge of this generation, Dr. Watson said. Young people need
affection from their parents so that they do not seek attention
in destructive ways, he said, before calling a young man from
the audience and hugging him.
Watson said that fathers need to
hug their sons.
Dr. Watson's message tran-
scends all age groups. While grow-
ing up, he said, his generation had
nothing and everything, and this
generation has everything and noth-
ing. Watson explained that while the
young people of his generation had
little material items, they treasured
everything, unlike the present gen-
eration which has everything, but
Denis shold itract with takes it for granted. "We've got to
others should interact with
. Christopher, a Criox change the way we think and be-
come a generation that respects
one another," he told the students,
administrators and community members gathered for his lec-
ture. He urged students to read, saying that knowledge deter-
mines the degree of success a person will attain.
Watson lives in NewYork and travels the nation conduct-
ing lectures and workshops. He previously lectured at UVI in
The lecture was sponsored by the Office of the Associ-
ate Chancellor, the Student Activities Office and the Small
Business Development Center.
Male Trio from UVI to Perform in Regional Contest
B.E.S.T, shown at left, a male trio from UVI, performs at
the Miss UVI competition held in November 2004. The group
will perform in the Caribbean Shining Star Competition sched-
uled for June at the Reichhold Center for the Arts. Caribbean
Shining Star kicks-offthis month with an "All StarWeekend," at
various venues, that includes a concert featuring Grammy-award-
winning performerAlicia Keys.
B.E.S.T. is made up of MatthewWalcott, Lincoln Ward and
Brandon Varlack. For more information call 777-5804 or visit
Feb. 5 "Strings" at Reichhold STT
Feb. 5 "Strings" at Reichhold STT
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