Education extolled as 'path to the future' TV anchorman speaks to Liberty High students

February 20, 1997|By Jennifer Vick | Jennifer Vick,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

As a free-lance journalist in Burma years ago, Stan Stovall recalled, he stood out "like a sore thumb."

But Stovall, now a news anchorman at WMAR-TV (Channel 2) in Baltimore, gained a new perspective and learned that just because people are different in other ways doesn't mean they are different in "spirit and in heart," he said.

Stovall spoke yesterday at an assembly, sponsored by the Multicultural Club at Liberty High School, that celebrated Black History Month.

In his 25-minute speech, Stovall stressed the importance of education.

Stovall encouraged students to adopt a way of thinking in which they say to themselves, "The more I learn, the more I know, and the more I know, the more I understand."

He also emphasized the importance of meeting people of all cultures in what he said is quickly becoming a "world community."

Wherever you go, "people are people are people," Stovall said, recalling his career in journalism and his worldwide travels.

He encouraged students to take advantage of their education. "Knowledge is golden," Stovall said. "It is our path to the future."

English teacher Brenda Alexander, the Multicultural Club's adviser, described Stovall as "an excellent speaker." She was instrumental in contacting Channel 2 and arranging his visit.

The assembly also featured Duane Doxzen, who spoke on the multicultural history of Carroll County. He presented a picture of the county stretching from the first black landowner in 1796 through segregation and the civil rights movement of the 20th century.

"Our community contains a history we can all claim," he said.

Doxzen said he hoped the day would come when a Black History Month wouldn't be needed.

Doxzen, an alumnus of Liberty High School and Western Maryland College, is a consultant with Carroll County Historical Society.

Sarah Faris, a senior at Liberty and president of the Multicultural Club, said she enjoyed hearing about Carroll County history.

She also enjoyed a story Stovall told about his childhood.

In the 1960s, Stovall said, his parents, who always taught him to be "color blind," took the family to a restaurant, where they were told that "colored folks" weren't served.

Stovall said his outspoken mother retorted, "That's OK, because we don't eat them."

The students roared with laughter and showered Stovall with applause.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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