Paying the Blessings Forward

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by Wilona Karimabadi, assistant editor, Adventist Review
Toson Knight, ’13 , shares his testimony in the February 2, 2019, edition of Adventist Review.  Knight grew up in the Highland Park area of Detroit, Michigan, “one of the worse areas you could grow up in the city.” The lack of home/life stability and the tough area he lived in didn’t do him any favors, but it’s surprising how the grace of God can work in a life like his, for better things were yet to come.
Attending Oakwood University proved to be precisely the transformative experience Knight needed. “Going to Oakwood showed me good people. Good, strong, Christian people who pray with you and care about you and I never experienced that,” he remembers. “It just blew my mind the way they treated you like family and they didn’t even know you.” Oakwood University had instilled something in him far beyond the pursuit of academic and professional success: a deep desire to give back. Pictured with Toson Knight (center) are several young men from Detroit he has helped to attend Oakwood University.

Knight’s passion for education and intervention for at-risk youth kept him in an academic trajectory career-wise. He is currently dean of students at Western High School, which he says is the most diverse high school in Detroit. Drawing from his unique background, Knight isn’t fazed by much of his day-to-day duties that deal with students and behavioral infractions, working with teachers on improving classroom management skills, and setting the culture for the entire campus. Read the entire article here .  

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