Century Marks

Getting to know you: When Margaret Feinberg took a class from poet Maya Angelou at Wake Forest University, she found that the first session was taken up with students introducing themselves and spelling their names. At the outset of the second and third sessions, Angelou went around the room again to review the students’ names. After the third time, Angelou asked, “Why did I just spend nearly 20 percent of our very valuable class time together making sure you knew each other’s names?” After a deafening silence, she answered her own question: “Because your name is a sign of your dignity. And when you recognize someone’s name, you recognize them not just as human but as a person. One of the greatest ways you bestow human dignity on someone is by calling them by name” (The Organic God, Zondervan).


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