2nd Place - Diamond Thomas

How I would improve our country if I were an African Armenian Leader.

Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks. Frederick Douglas. and Harriet Tubman are a few that are among the names of the great African American leaders of the past. These people have done gargantuan things for our country. Since the time when these people first made an impact on our country. so much has changed. Knowledge has been gained, a lot has been accomplished, and a lot has been achieved. If I could be in the position as an African American leader today, there are numerous things that I would want to accomplish.

Elbert Hubbard once said that the best preparation for tomorrow is good work today. Therefore, I believe that I must continue to set goals, continue to do outstanding work, and continue to set out to do nothing but succeed so that I can help other people. I want to give other people knowledge so that we will all know the things that we need to change and improve so that we can prepare our country for the generations of tomorrow. In particular, I believe that many people in the black society today need to have more knowledge about everything that the black leaders before us have done. We have to realize that the same struggles the black leaders prior to us fought then, are not the same struggles that we must face today. Those obstacles are behind us, and now, we should move forward and build upon the foundation that these people have already laid so that we can challenge ourselves to do our best. Knowledge is the key to doing this.

Knowledge is very important, as well as endless. As a representative of my generation, I feel that we must continue to develop, grow, and learn. It will help us to grow and mature as a nature as well as individuals, and it will assist us in improving our great country. I must continue to learn from my predecessors and mentors so that I can help other people to possess a wide range of knowledge and skills. If the people in our country have no knowledge, then none of us would know how to improve our country. My plan is to help other people to become more knowledgeable so that we as a nation will not dwell in the problems of the past, but move on together to improve and prepare our country for tomorrow.

There are many great knowledgeable leaders of the past and present. If I were a black leader, I would try to follow in the footsteps of many of them. One person in particular would be Dr. Marting Luther King, Jr. I would try to keep his dream alive by becoming a woman on a mission. My mission would be striving to help each and every young person, as well as those of age. I would try to expose them to Dr. King's legacy in a positive and interesting way. I would do this by first, becoming more educated myself and then sharing the knowledge that I have gained. I would challenge myself to lay a foundation that would help continue to grow and mature.

Along my journey to accomplish my mission, I am aware that I will have to face many challenges, both big and small. But I know that God does everything for a reason and that I will learn from everything that he puts me through. Challenges, given some time and once defeated, soon become seeds of knowledge and experience for the future.

As I mentioned before, the African American leaders before me have laid the foundation, and soon it will be my time to build upon it. In order to do this, I must remained focused. The goals that I set, I plan to achieve. Whatever I set out to do, I plan to accomplish. This is necessary in order for me to spread knowledge to other people. My motto will be as an anonymous person once said, "good, better, best, never let it rest until the good is better and the better is best." In order to become a great black leader and improve our country, I believe that knowledge is the key.