Sammy Mudede addressed the 2014 Iowa Annual Conference on behalf of the Black College
He opened with a quote from the book, “A Return to Love,” by author and speaker Marianne
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond
measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to
be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of
God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's
in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission
to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates
Mudede spoke about the journey of his life, from losing his father as an infant in Zimbabwe and
his mother working to provide him an education with meager resources in an environment where
education was cost-prohibitive.
“The Black College Fund has been the answer to my prayers,” he said. “It’s helped me strive to
be the best I can be.”
Mudede detailed specifics of how the fund has benefitted his education.
He attended Huston-Tillotson University for his undergraduate studies, and he will complete
his Master’s Degree in Software Engineering at Carnegie Melon University at the end of this
summer. Mudede will then go to work as a software engineer at Dell in Austin, TX.
Mudede concluded by expressing that he’d been blessed and that his education had fostered him
being a socially conscious member of the international community.
“I am grateful to you for your support and for your prayers,” he said.