‘Golden Voice’ gives gold advice for graduates

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Ted Williams is known as the Golden Voice, and Saturday night he was giving gold advice to three young men who graduated from the Keep My Hood Good Community Campaign. “Sometimes our peer pressures and other people, they try to discourage the ideas of doing better,” Ted Williams said about the program. “I want these kids to believe in themselves. Continue to believe in yourself.” The Keep My Hood Good program mentors kids and helps them figure out a good and positive direction for their lives. Williams was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. “It’s hard to find people like that out there that care, and so with Keep My Hood Good,’ I hope it just moves around the country and gets a lot of kids involved so that we could have a future for our country,” Williams said. Marqeaun Hobson is one of the graduates and plans on joining the Air Force in September. He wants to join the Air Force to not only serve his county but to see the world. “Just getting to travel, I’ve always wanted to travel and see new places,” Hobson said. Williams said he believes anyone can accomplish great things if they just believe in themselves. “I have a very checkered past criminally,” Williams said. “I have a very checkered past addiction-wise, but I made a turnaround because I kept the faith.” And for Hobson, this program changed his life. “No matter what circumstance you’re in, just keep going,” Hobson said. “You’ll find your way out. No matter the struggle, the more glorious the victory.” He said when he gets older he plans on working with the Keep My Hood Good program. The program currently helps about 20 students at a time, but organizers hope to expand the program in the near future.

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