Hello friends of the Brilliant Lecture Series
We hope that you like the new look of our blog. One of our New Year’s Resolutions is to interact more with you. We want to keep you up to date on the impact we have on the community. You have seen us at events, and now here is a recap to show you how your support of the lecture series is making a difference in our community. Thank you for a wonderful 2011. We would like to do a quick recap of how your support helped us make a difference.
In February we hosted International Vocal Sensation Jackie Evancho. It was Jackie Evancho’s first concert public concert. She is the youngest artist in history to have ever made the Billboard top 10. She sold out her Houston Premiere and left three standing ovations. We received many comments afterwards from parents stating that their kids were incredibly inspired and could not stop talking about how the event.
We brought Barton Brooks and he spoke to various schools and left elementary students with the message that anyone can make a difference no matter of the size or age. He revisited one particular school that he saw in 2010 after a group of students raised enough money to help Barton build a water filtration system in a third world country. The students there were really happy to see that they were able to make a big difference and stated that they were committed to continue their hard work. Afterwards, we received comments from teachers stating that kids had helped their teachers in various areas such as cleaning the classroom.
Dr. Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou spread her humanitarian message to Houston and shared her life stories leaving Houstonians with greater peace. She read her poem A Brave and Startling Truth. At the event we were also able to help the Right To Literacy Campaign receive signatures as they try to achieve 100% literacy through 100% community engagement making literacy a priority for all. Dr. Maya Angelou truly is a Phenomenal Woman.
Sir Sidney Poitier
Academy Award Winner for Best Actor, Sidney Poitier came and shared his life story with Houstonians at HBU showing people how he came to America with nothing and how he was able to overcome his struggles. One of the elementary students who attended the program said it best; “He made a movie with his words”. We were able to bring hundreds of students from various schools to the event. He left us with the message “Bit by bit I’ve learned, and bit by bit I’ve paid, And in the final analysis, doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been knocked down, but what you do with the time once you get back up.”
We are extremely excited for the 2012 year as we prepare to announce our upcoming programs. We were able to do much more this past year such as volunteer work and we hope to show you our that this year. Sign-Up for our newsletter to be the first to hear of our upcoming programs and how you can help us improve our programs to make an impact this year.