I choose not to be a common man.
It is my right to be uncommon, if I can.
I seek opportunity, not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed…
I will never cower before any master nor bend to any friend.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, this I have done.
– Dean Alfange
Maurice Guest Jr., is an education administrator in Little Rock, Arkansas.