"The school does a lot for the community; I'm glad we have it. I don't have anybody graduating this time, but I like to come down and see the grads walk. They do it every year, and it makes me so proud to see them marching by. They're young, and they're trying to better their lives. If I could say one thing to them, it would be this: 'Keep going. Follow your dreams. Don't let anybody tell you that you can't do it.'"
The procession down Walker Avenue, from the LOC campus to Metropolitan Baptist Church: