Morehouse gift leads by example

Robert F. Smith’s commencement speech at Morehouse College will be remembered not for the words. But for what he did, promising to pay off the student loans of the entire graduating class.

These graduates are leaving the bubble to the big world often piled with debt that is so high that it is unimaginable. But Mr. Smith’s deed speaks volumes about how to improve their lives from the starting gate.

Already, we hear pundits say it won’t solve the problem of student debt. But who said it would? Sometimes you have to solve complex problems one separate problem at a time. Lead by example.

Walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

We believe the theme of life is “make it better.” We prefer love, compassion, empathy, kindness, and giving strangers the benefit of the doubt.

Let the Morehouse Class of 2019 shine as an example of “make it better.” Let’s hope more examples follow.

Thank you, Mr. Smith.