David LaMotte, folk artist and humanitarian, visited O’Neal on Thursday, Dec. 2.
He spoke to the Upper School students in the afternoon about his life experience from being a professional folk singer to founding a nonprofit in Guatemala and furthering his humanitarian efforts as a recipient of the Rotary World Peace Fellowship.
Highlighting the actions of Rosa Parks, he illustrated how small efforts can change the world. He -concluded his talk by asking the students what they will do to change the world and performed the song “Hope,” which referenced the church burnings that happened 10 years ago and how only one individual could feel the need to destroy, while multitudes of people came together to rebuild.
At 7 p.m. that evening, LaMotte gave an outstanding performance to the community, including the stories behind the songs he sang. He left the audience with a memorable message and feeling of empowerment. For more information about David LaMotte, visit www.davidlamotte.com.