Growing up in Southgate Village Apartments and on Edward Street in College Station, it was always my dream to become a doctor to save people from diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Through life’s trials, tribulations and other diversions, my dream was detoured in another direction.
My life changed in 1993 when the late Lillian Jean Clark Robinson, former supervisor of Lincoln Recreation Center, gave me — then an inexperienced young woman who did not like kids — an opportunity to work as a recreation assistant. She believed in me and instilled in me a “work hard” ethic to accomplish my life’s goals and dreams.
Ms. Jean, as she was affectionately known, was always resolute and determined to believe in the best of her community and mankind, even when witnessing or experiencing unfair treatment.
Although my own dream took another direction, I’m still able to make an impact on the very lives I desired to save as a physician — just like Ms. Jean did, only some 20 years later. Dreams do not have time limits: As long as I’m working towards them, I still might become Dr. Cheletia Johnson…
The Dream Works Conference: Saturday, Jan. 16
Lincoln Recreation Center remains the heart of a special community, its history and legacy. Our longstanding, annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has grown into a much greater event, called The Dream Works Conference. This conference, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 16, not only celebrates Dr. King, but also offers a variety of sessions and presentations throughout that day focusing on character, leadership and personal development. This isn’t just for adults; there are specific sessions for teens and families.
I encourage you to check all of the sessions, tracks and other events that make up The Dream Works Conference. All conference information, including lunch arrangements, can be found here.
Meanwhile, our traditional tribute to Dr. King is still very much a part of this big day. Beginning at 5:15 p.m., you’ll hear encouraging words, a reflection on his accomplishments and how they absolutely remain relevant today. And expect to move around plenty during all the hand-clapping, dance, praise and worship music from our perennial guest choir, End Time Evangelistic Pentecostal Church and other musical guests.
I hope to see you at Lincoln Recreation Center on Saturday, Jan. 16!