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Overview

The Mayor Demings' MLK Initiative Book Club is the brainchild of the Education and Literacy Subcommittee of the MLK Initiative. The goal is to foster a love for literature by promoting books based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s values. Those values include: kindness, fairness and equality, love, selflessness, education, leadership, and hope. Books titles are selected by members of the MLK Initiative and Mayor Jerry L. Demings. Residents are encouraged to participate by finding the selections in their local library and enjoying these inspirational works.

Current Book

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The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Book Review

After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, a professor shares the lessons he's learned—about living in the present, building a legacy, and taking full advantage of the time you have—in this life-changing classic.

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." —Randy Pausch

A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull over the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave—"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"—wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have ... and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

Book Nominator

Shally Wong, Orange County Staff Member & District 4 Resident

When asked to give his last advice, Professor Pausch said “Tell the Truth". When asked if he could add three more words, Pausch said "ALL THE TIME".

This book made me realize that when we hit a brick wall, we hit for a reason. A brick wall is there to stop those who do not want to pursue their goals and dreams badly enough. If you want something badly enough, you can work hard to overcome any obstacles.

This book highlights the values of love, compassion, hope, and positivity.

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Previous Books

Book Nominator Resources
The Servant Leader by James A. Autry Robert Henlon, Fierce Entertainment Management LLC.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Lisa Bachman, The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead Kelly Quintero, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Why We Can't Wait by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jerry L. Demings, Orange County Mayor
Becoming by Michelle Obama Latisha Thompson, Orlando Utilities Commission
His Truth is Marching On by Jon Meacham, afterword by John Lewis Vera Gray, Orange County Resident, District 5
Across That Bridge by John Lewis Doreen Overstreet, Orange County Staff Member
A Promised Land by Barack Obama Lucas Boyce, Orange County Staff Member & District 2 Resident
Dear Martin by Nic Stone Beth Jackson, Orange County Staff Member
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Kasey Brinkley, Orange County Staff Member & District 5 Resident