Why our children need Heroes

“It is better to build strong boys than repair broken men.”–Frederick Douglass

The Greatest Muhammad Ali *

It is so important that our children have heroes to look up to, to be inspired by, it is vital to the well being of our children’s self image. When I was a boy, Muhammad Ali was my hero. I remember so clearly that after every fight there was a man who would hand Muhammad Ali a mirror and Afro comb. Muhammad Ali would comb his hair and wipe his face with a towel and only after he did these things would he speak with a reporter. He never wanted to look disheveled before little black boys like me. One day while in school my white teacher was going over a math problem on the blackboard and she noticed that I kept combing my hair with my Afro comb. She was puzzled. She did ask me why I kept combing my hair and she assured me my hair was fine. I never told her why I did it. I did it because Muhammad Ali did it!

WOW! The power of the Black Hero-Muhammad Ali!

God has been so good to me, because in 1980 I met Muhammad Ali in Beverly Hills, California and he took my breath away! He was remarkably handsome and kind. Yes my friends our children need heroes and those heroes need not just be men.

Martin Luther King Jr. had great heroes too! As a boy he had four heroes, and they are, Paul Robeson, George Washington Carver, Jesse Owens, and Booker T. Washington.

MLK’S boyhood heroes

I make my home in the wonderful city of College Park and our kids have a many great heroes who are always giving the best of themselves to make a difference in the lives of our youth. The great superstar NFL quarterback Cam Newton is from College Park, Georgia and he has invested heavily in the youth here in College Park. One of my dearest friends, most cherished friend and frankly no one in the city of College Park does more for the children of College Park and the entire Fulton County area than the noble Grandmaster Shelton Moreland. Grandmaster Moreland runs a life changing martial arts school called Master Moreland Tae Kwondo.

Grandmaster Shelton Moreland with student.

Grandmaster Shelton Moreland was voted man of the year two years straight and since the school’s opening he has helped over 8,000 boys and girls from College Park.

To learn more about the school you can call (404) 768-0507.

Master Moreland Tae Kwondo

4826 Old National Highway

College Park, Georgia 30337

Grandmaster Moreland inspired me to to start a summer program for youth in 2014 called, ‘Give a kid a bike’ and with the help of Walmart on Old National Highway and Staples Store in East Point, and together we have been able to give away over 100 bikes to children for the summer.

One of the best experiences for me is when my friend Ken Lyons-Store Manager at STAPLES in East Point, bought this beautiful bike for a dear girl who never owned a bike. When she received the bike she began to cry she was so happy. When I see Shanika she tells me to thank Mr. Lyons for her.


Give a child a bike for the summer; it’s fun!

“Service is the rent you pay for living on earth.” –Muhammad Ali

Charles Micheaux

Atlanta *

Kasim Reed Champion for the youth of Atlanta*

Author: Charles Micheaux

Charles Micheaux is an orator & philosopher. Charles has been a professional speaker since September 9th 1997. His highest honor is receiving a personal letter from Rosa Parks for his work in Baltimore, Maryland. Charles was a contributor at Yahoo for three-years.

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