The DeYor Performing Arts Center at the majestic Edward W. Powers Auditorium offered the setting for a beautiful melody of words last Monday night in downtown Youngstown. It was here in the heart of the Mahoning Valley where world-renowned neurosurgeon, professor, author and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dr. Benjamin Carson eloquently spoke to a nearly sold-out crowd of 2,000 patriots. This free event was the launch of the Centofanti Symposium at Youngstown State University where many guests traveled from all parts of northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania to hear his rhythms of sovereignty, freedom and liberty.
Dr. Carson was born and raised in Detroit under dire poverty, but through the guidance and support of his loving single mother, she encouraged him to never be a victim and to seek wisdom through the power of reading and memorizing poetry and scripture. His overall theme, by conducting a symphony of words in a calm and meticulous way, was for people to be more caring of others in order to change their hearts and minds, and for people to act more courageously by planting seeds of faith in order to grow a stronger nation. Some of his greatest lyrics of the evening were, "America is great because America is good." Also, "We must work together in ways to elevate people, not to work against each other." And finally, "We live in the land of the free, and you are not free if you are not brave."
Dr. Benjamin Carson identifies himself as a compassionate conservative coupled with a common sense philosophy, and his greatest role model is the Lord Jesus Christ. His performance was music to my ears and can be summed up in one word: magnificent!