From Goodness for Greatness
One day in the eleventh grade Leslie went into a classroom to wait for a friend. The teacher asked him to go to the blackboard. “I’m not one of your students,” he replied.
The teacher said, “Doesn’t matter. Go to the board anyhow.”
The student told him he couldn’t, and when the teacher asked why, the student told him he was mentally retarded.
“Don’t ever say that,” said the teacher. “Someone’s opinion does not have to be your reality.”
A Liberating Moment
The teacher, Mr. Washington, became Leslie’s mentor. Later that year Washington addressed the graduating seniors: “You have …