Wall inspired students and staff with his lecture on random acts of
“I became so
tired of hearing the phrase ‘random act of senseless violence,’ so I replaced
the word ‘violence’ with ‘
his idea one step further and gave his college class the assignment to write
about a random act of
“One of my
students told a local newspaper about the assignment I gave them and we made it
on the front page,” Wall said. “There was a renewed hope for
discovered that his enthusiasm for
local paper did a story on the
Since that story was published, Wall has captivated audiences including CNN, Oprah Winfrey, and President Nixon.
But Wall was not always this respected by others.
High school was especially difficult for him due to a disease which results in gradual loss of eyesight.
“Since my eyesight caused me to do so poorly on standardized tests, my counselor told my parents that I was mentally retarded,” Wall said.
After receiving the correct diagnosis, Wall set out to disprove everyone who doubted his potential.
Monday’s assembly he focused on the description of
“I think the common theme in all of my lectures is that everyone has the personal power to influence someone else’s life, either to make them happier or tear them down,” Wall said.
Mayor Cindy Bartman decided to follow in Dr. Wall’s footsteps and declared the week of Feb. 23-27 ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ week for the community.
was impressed with students’ interest in spreading the idea of
that Friday marks the end of