A Dynamic Platform For Male Mentorship At UB
Judge Craig Hannah Delivers an Empowering Speech
To The Gentlemen of Guy Talk
By Deon Walker
A very inspiring, empowering and memorable event called Guy Talk was recently held at the University at Buffalo
Guy Talk is a forum of discussions created by UB Campus Ambassadors and Campus Minister Marchon Hamilton II . It’s purpose is to educate, honor and empower minority males and men of all backgrounds to succeed in society through weekly interactive sessions; drawing upon the success of men in the past and present to inspire brilliance in the men of the future.
The guest speaker at this event was Buffalo City Court Judge Craig Hannah. He navigated us through his life journey from humble beginnings to success. He had a rough childhood growing up in the inner city of Buffalo and said that the last thing he ever imagined was that he would one day be a judge. He received his undergraduate degree at the University at Buffalo and went on to pursue and complete his legal education from the UB Law School, demonstrating that an education from the University at Buffalo can be the beginning of a great and successful future.
Judge Hannah strongly believes in the importance of mentorship. Using his own experience as an example, he shared how on one his first jobs, it was a co-worker and mentor who exemplified the importance of professional appearance by teaching him how to tie a tie! Judge Hannah emphasized the importance of building and keeping relationships with people at the developmental stage in our lives. He also encouraged the young men to make sure to participate in activities and surround themselves with individuals who will bring value to their lives and to be there for them. In turn, we add value to their lives as well, ultimately uplifting one another.
"I would definitely speak at an event like this again. I really appreciated the invite. This event and program shows that they have people on campus like Marchon who are committed to the whole student. Most of the time when you go to school they want you to be a student committed to class, but they don't talk to you about the other rigors in life that happen. You have stresses and other things on campus that transpire so you want to make sure you are focused and armored with all the skills that you would need to be able to handle everything correctly.You have to be grounded in faith too, because going to school and working for a profession, that is all based upon faith." Say'sJudge Hannah .
Prior to Judge Hannah’s presentation, UB Communications student Cletus Emokpae gave the audience an informative and relatable speech on networking. He explained the importance of being socially productive and making sure that relationships are created with people who will help bring one’s life to the next level while also making sure you give them a helping hand in the process.
There was a great step performance and inspiring speech from the Christian Men of Alpha Nu Omega. The Brothers of Omega Psi Phi were in the audience bringing a strong presence to the room. Judge Hannah is also a brother of Omega Psi Phi and stressed the importance of brotherhood. Whether you are in a fraternity or not he said, having people around you who will always have your back is a powerful tool for life.
This Guy Talk event was the finale to a semester full of influential and educational sessions and a great way to end the Spring Semester. I want to thank Marchon Hamilton II for providing young men, especially minority men, this great opportunity to learn, network and grow. It gives men like me enlightenment to a much more positive future, in a world that is so desperately pushing for us to fall into a negative one. I can sincerely say I felt more inspired for greatness in my legal studies than I ever have been before!
For More Information on Guy Talk and how you can contribute or get involved please contact Marchon Hamilton II at 716-994-7775 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Deon Walker is a UB Pre-Law Student.)