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Sunday, February 4, 2024

Dear Hannah: LEarning (A Tribute to Lemon Street's Lewis C. Scott (2-10-2022))


Dear Hannah,

(Marietta, GA) Lemon Street High School's Mr. Lewis Clyde Scott taught many students ... several of whom became teachers.

He has transferred his wealth (his knowledge) in ways that have personally inspired me ... without my ever having met him.

See - I *have* met many of his students.

Their lives and stories have told me the kind of teacher and influence he is.

On 2-10-2022, I presented some of them to the public ... and they will present Mr. Scott to you from their experiences (continued below ...).




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"LSS: A Tribute To Lewis C. Scott"
By Derrick Brown

Let me show you something.

Lewis C. Scott (top right) was born on May 13, 1927.

Blondell Brown (left) was born on May 14, 1927.

Sidney Poitier (bottom left & left) was born on February 20, 1927.

Harry Belafonte (bottom left & center) was born on March 1, 1927.

Charton Heston (bottom left & right) was born in 1923 ... I am told that he once played the voice of God in a movie.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (who is not pictured ... but I think you know what he looks like) was born on January 15, 1929.

These 5 lives offer other fascinating parallels.

Poitier and Belafonte got into "good trouble" together for more than 70 years.

Charlton Heston got into some of that "good trouble" with them - especially in 1963.

Mr. Scott entered Morehouse College in 1947.

MLK graduated from Morehouse College in 1949.

Sounds like they might have been classmates for a couple of years.

My grandmother has 43 grandchildren.

If you ever saw us gathered in the same room (I have) ... then you would know my grandmother's life story ... no words would be necessary.

She has transferred her wealth (her knowledge) in ways that will span generations.

She was born on Mother's Day ... this is not ironic ... it is apropos, right?

If you care, y'all - I, too, was born on Mother's Day ... and my birthday is May 10th.

Mr. Scott taught many students ... several of whom became teachers.

He has transferred his wealth (his knowledge) in ways that have personally inspired me ... without my ever having met him.

See - I *have* met many of his students.

Their lives and stories have told me the kind of teacher and influence he is.

Tonight, I will present some of them to you ... and they will present Mr. Scott to you from their experiences.


I closed the evening with a poem I wrote many years ago called "UCSM" ... it is an ode to the invisible.

On one level, it sings of the unsung ... the people we might underappreciate and overlook for their significant contributions to our lives.

On a deeper level, though, it shares a wisdom that none of us can see ... but boy, oh, boy can we feel its power.

It begins ...

"U Can't C Me"
By Derrick Brown

Wisdom earned through lessons learned comes from teachers we cannot always remember or see.

We remember the lessons, though.

People just can't see me
But God they can't see you
You see all, you know all
Your every Word is true

So if they never see me
I’ll help them to see You
Through thoughts, words and actions
Patience, honor, faith and virtue

My life is but an instrument
Singing songs in many keys
Wisdom earned through lessons learned
From mistakes of several degrees

Do not mistake activity for achievement
Arriving on time means you're late
To be on time arrive early
Fall seven times - get up eight

One time is an accident
Two times is a trend
Three times might be a problem
But forgiveness is your friend

The race is not to the swift
But to the ones who maintain
So stay aligned on your grind
And stay in your own lane

Keep it slow and steady
That's it - nice and smoove
Always do your homework
Believe that God will approve

Every moment matters
You had better realize
Then you can quickly respond
To opportunities that you recognize

Don't despise the small tasks
Pursue them diligently
For passion and purpose are discovered
Through acts of ministry

Keep a pad and paper
And a nearby pen of ink
Write your visions plainly
Make time to pray and think

Don't believe the hype
Avoid the glittery and bejeweled
When we think with our eyes
We are often easily fooled

All money ain't good money
Sometimes less is more
Make a living through your giving
Learn to turn two into four

Your fear is your only courage
Be scared to disobey
Be scared to rock that boat
But sometimes rock it anyway

Know how to keep your quiet
Until it's time to say
If your heart ain't feelin' right
Then say it another day

Freedom of speech
Means come correct
Be quick to listen
Be quicker to respect

Be slow to speak
Even slower to get twisted
Meek ain't weak
Self-control beats double-fisted

The only thing to know
Is that you don't know squat
Nobody cares what you know
If they think you care not

So pick your spot
Practice - don't preach
When the student is ready
The teacher will teach

If faced with a fool
Proverbs 26 - verses 5 and 4
Sometimes you can let it go
Sometimes you gotta let em know

Train your child with loving instruction
Encourage growth, but discourage rambunction
Know you are equal in essence
But very different in function

No good deed goes unrewarded
But the payoff is seldom immediate
Dreams manifest at God's appointed time
Though it tarries, wait for it

Copyright © 2012 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.

About Derrick Brown (Standup Storyteller)



I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

I am a “standup storyteller.”

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.

My projects execute a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people who help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2024 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.



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