Sunday, January 14, 2007

07 convention wrap-up

Overall, this experience was excellent! I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with all the different types of people -- educators, activists, and everybody. I think this was (is) an excellent opportunity to network with people who are otherwise, because of demanding schedules, unavailable for personal contact. The sessions were well timed, very informative, and also very motivating.

Of course, there are some things that can be improved. It seemed as if some of the vendors here were more concerned with exercising their right to assemble than advancing the message, because some things were sold that were contradictory to the cause. But that’s the great thing about America -- free will.

And, also, for those with a high level of education who may be reading this, one word of advice: Always remember that in order to effect change, you have to be able to communicate effectively with the targeted audience. At times, it seemed as if people were more interested in flexing their own intellectual muscles than really reaching-teaching-educating the people. It seemed that everyone wants to reach the masses, but one thing that is forgotten is that the majority of the affected masses only understand basic things, and it is our job to interpret into everyday language what may sometimes be complex issues. So, just always remember to keep in mind the audience when deciding which language to use.

But, like I said, this experience was great. I learned a lot. I was informed on a lot of issues that are very important, and I can’t wait to do my part in spreading the word on some of the more pressing issues.

--Donzell T. Floyd