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'Embrace your purpose'

‘Embrace your purpose’ Actress Kim Fields encourages Talladega College students during convocation

Kim Fields at Talladega College

Actress Kim Fields talks with Talladega College President Billy C. Hawkins on Wednesday. Fields was the featured speaker for the college's spring convocation, which served as a celebration of Black History Month and Martin Luther King's birthday. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If you can't fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do … keep moving.”

Actress Kim Fields was the keynote speaker Wednesday at Talladega College’s spring convocation, which served as a celebration of Black History Month and MLK’s birthday.

The occasion also featured and multiple musical selections from the Talladega College Choir, directed by William Mitchell.

King’s message to “keep moving” echoed throughout Fields’ speech.

“Spring is a time for rebirth,” she said. “It’s not just something beautiful to look at, spring is a time to shed one's skin and renew yourself.”

The actress reminded the audience that we all have a reason for existing.

“Understand and embrace your purpose for existing,” Fields said. “Keep in mind, great leaders are great servants.”

Fields acknowledged King’s spirit of humility and servant leadership.

“It is important to serve others,” she said. “Everything isn’t always about you.”

Fields spoke about the importance of knowing and honoring your life history.

“It is important to know where you came from and what led you to where you are today,” she said.

“Be a light in the world of darkness. It won’t be easy and you will be tried, but don’t let anyone ever infect your spirit. You are all great leaders sitting here before me today and are right where God wants you to be, I know it!

You were created for a specific purpose other than to just take up air. God doesn’t make mistakes or junk, which has been proven true to me by this wonderful institution,”she said.

Fields shared a message her son told her before leaving Atlanta.

“Before I left home my son Sebastian said, ‘Go inspire them, Mommy,’" she said. "I hope I did that here today.”