A lesson from South Africa

A lesson from South Africa
Posted on 12/01/2014

Marlon Parker

It takes a special person to capture and hold the attention of more than 500 high school students in an afternoon assembly near the end of the day. As he talked about how his boyhood days living in poverty in a single-parent household in South Africa evolved into his status today as a world renowned entrepreneur and social advocate, it was quite evident that Marlon Parker is a very special person.

The underlying theme of Parker's message was how University High students and their counterparts throughout America can be agents of change even it if starts with only one person. Parker started social change with a small number of people in hometown of Cape Town, South Africa, by teaching marketable skills to poor, jobless people. Eventually, his passion community development became a global movement known as Reconstructed Living Labs.

RLabs provides innovative solutions to impact, empower, and reconstruct local and global communities by creating an environment where creativity, innovation, skills development, and entrepreneurship are encouraged. Parker, who has been listed as one of 100 World Class South Africans, was brought to Waco by the Baylor University LAUNCH program sponsored by the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.

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