“Every closed eye is not sleep.”

My mentor and personal hero civil rights icon Ambassador Andrew Young told me this when, one day a few years ago, I was reading him something I wrote, and frankly I thought he had gone to sleep on me. I was saddened and thought maybe he thought it was well, a “sleeper” (smile) — until he opened his left eye and told me exactly what I had said over 20 minutes, and his view of same. Lessons everywhere. Never assume anything, about anyone. Be amazed by the continued wonder of life.

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John Hope Bryant

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