PGCC Hosts Intergenerational Leaders Discussion

Gale Horton Gay | 3/13/2013, 9:04 a.m.

Warner and moderator Camille Cosby, the wife of Bill Cosby, shared some light banter.

Now 42, Warner, who is also a musician, talked about music and its influence on young people and said there's a connection between what people listen to and watch and how they feel and act.

"Ignorance is running rampant across the board and young people are wearing it like a badge of courage," said Warner.

Audiences often don't realize that rappers are just like actors playing a part, he said.

St. John, the first African American to win Olympic medals in ski racing, lost her leg at age five due to a medical condition. Today, she's an author and motivational speaker.

Asked how she has made the achievements that she has, St. John first described a tough childhood with a father who left the family before she was born and a stepfather who sexually abused her.

"For me it was the ability to dream," said St. John, who said books provided her with an escape and also led her to learn about skiing.

Asked about the importance of truthful history, Moses, who started the Algebra Project and is a visiting lecturer at New York University School of Law, said, "We are not a country that's really ready to face our history."

The two PGCC students also participated in the dialogue. Appelwhite shared how despite getting pregnant at a young age she has dreams of a better life for herself and her son. Palmer, an early childhood education major who came to America from Sierra Leone, expressed how her family values education and how she strives to be the best she can be.

At the event Dukes also announced that PGCC has reached 84 percent of its $25 million goal for its annual fundraising campaign. The funds will go to programs, scholarships and technology, she said.

Johnetta B. Cole, Ph.D., director of the National Museum of African Art and former president of Spelman College and Bennett College, served as host and said the event "bridges the past with the present" and is "creating a blueprint for tomorrow's leadership."