Good Afternoon Everyone
My name is Jordan Coleman
I AM the voice of Tyrone the Moose on the Nickelodeon cartoon The Backyardigans
I AM the creator of an educational film called Say It Loud!
I AM an 8th grader at the Hackensack Middle School in NJ
I AM a scholar and an athlete
And I was born on August 28, 1995
the 32nd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous speech which means … I AM the Dream
On the eve of President-Elect Barack Obama’s historic inauguration, our great country faces many problems, but the one that stands out in my mind is the educational system.
It’s broken and we need to fix it.
We’ve got to create an educational system that rewards teachers who connect with students
A SYSTEM that provides equal education for all kids
A SYSTEM that takes pride in creating successful students
A SYSTEM that sets high standards and has low tolerance for failure
A SYSTEM that really cares about educating kids
A SYSTEM that graduates students who can COMPETE globally
I’d like to applaud all the parents who lead by example and make education a priority in their home.
I’d like to encourage students who are struggling in school to ask for help, do what’s right, stay focused and hang in there.
I’d like to thank Rev. Al Sharpton, Mr. Klein, my friend Mayor Cory Booker and the other special guests for their VISION, LEADERSHIP AND DESIRE to keep Dr. King’s dream alive.
Like my mom always says, children need to dream big dreams, like Harvard, Princeton, Yale and DEFINITELY not jail.
My name is Jordan Coleman and I AM THE DREAM.
Inauguration Weekend 2009 Washington, DC
Martin Luther King Day Education Equality Event
Senator John McCain & Jordan Coleman