Stand in Faith
by: Saraeya Harris
Marketing & Communications Student Writer
On Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 11:15 a.m. Reverend Reginald Lee Bachus, Associate Pastor of the landmark Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York delivered a heart-felt keynote speech to the students, faculty, and staff of Bethune-Cookman University, for the Annual President’s Assembly. As the students, faculty, and staff gathered filling every seat, eagerness stirred awaiting to hear hear from B-CU’s seventh President Dr. E. Labrent Chrite. President Chrite formally addressed the students for the first time. He gave a transparent speech in which he updated the B-CU body on its current status and his future plans that are now in action to help build Bethune-Cookman University to be better than we were before.
Reverend Bachus, then took the stage with a message focused on reminding the audience to be their best. “The only way that we can fix the current issues is to not be anyone else but us,” he described. He highlighted faith as a measure to look back to what we thought were our troubles and realize that they will soon become a thing of the past. “If we are going to stand for something, stand for yourself because if not we are standing in fraud, that will result in the loss of everything around us,” he added. He expressed the dangers of fearfulness and how becoming fearless creates an exceptional leader. “A fearless leader is an exceptional leader who doesn’t allow what others are doing to impact who they are.” As he shared this message, the audience held on to every word that he spoke because it was a reminder that we are great and that our troubles will soon be over.