HICKORY — Noted neurosurgeon Ben Carson and other speakers sounded a rallying cry for retooled education and reverence to God at the Hickory Metro Convention Center on Thursday night.
More than 500 people gathered to hear Carson and others tell their tales of triumph through faith, discipline and action.
The Rev. Mark Harris, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, and the Rev. Barry Black, current U.S. Senate chaplain, also spoke.
Carson talked about growing up in dire poverty, surrounded by bad influences and complacency. He said he remembered his cousins being killed and seeing people dying from bullet wounds.
It was his mother who altered the course of his life. He said he had not seen any importance in his studies and was frequently taunted by the more successful students in class.
"I was always the butt of every joke about being stupid," Carson said.
Carson said that his mother, who had a third-grade education, had a powerful work ethic and supported her children as a single parent.
"She saw that no one that went on welfare came out of it," Carson said. "She didn't want to be on it in the first place."CONTINUE READING: Carson: Children need to harness brain power - Winston-Salem Journal: State / Region