Taurus Montgomery

A Day with Educational Talent Search: Motivational Speaker Taurus Montgomery shares his story to inspire local grade school students

At a recent assembly of area school students in the Pinnacle, motivational speaker Taurus Montgomery told students that the secret to wealth is in making “a lot of impact.”

An event sponsored by the Educational Talent Search program, Montgomery gave students key advice for attaining success.

A Day with Educational Talent Search: Motivational Speaker Taurus Montgomery shares his story to inspire local grade school students

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Tue Mar 26, 2019

Taurus Montgomery

At a recent assembly of area school students in the Pinnacle, motivational speaker Taurus Montgomery told students that the secret to wealth is in making “a lot of impact.”

An event sponsored by the Educational Talent Search program, Montgomery gave students key advice for attaining success.

While earning his bachelor’s degree, Montgomery began volunteering for various causes including disaster relief, inner city tutoring and feeding the homeless, accumulating more than 26,000 hours of community service. He raised more than $2.5 million for an area of need during college.

“The bigger the problem you’re solving, the more money you can make,” he said, urging the students to “come back” when they become successful.

Although witnessing physical abuse as a child and getting involved in crime while in his teens, he managed to make major lifestyle changes while becoming an adult.

“It was easy to allow the situation around me dictate how I lived my life,” he said.

He passed along to the students encouragement inspired by life-changing, profound words he was told in his youth.

“Whatever your goal is, you’re going to have to be willing to listen to other people who have been there and done that,” he said. “Let no situation, let no circumstance stop you from achieving whatever dream that’s on your heart.”

Montgomery said he was accepted into HBCU Oakwood University on probation, with a 1.9 GPA. He, however graduated with a 3.5 GPA and credits the turnaround to taking on a new mindset. He received his master’s degree from Andrews University on a full scholarship. He plans to begin working on his doctorate this fall at Duke University this fall.

Taurus Montgomery, Marilyn Starks, Valmage Towner“It was a wonderful and life-changing experience for middle and high school students to see and hear the motivational speaker, Mr. Taurus Montgomery,” said Marilyn Starks, coordinator of federal programs. “He inspired students to listen and dream while sharing some of his shortcomings growing up as a young African American male.”

After CCC freshman Rachel McCain sang a soulful rendition of gospel song “Better Days,” Athletic Director Reggy Hankerson introduced Montgomery to the audience, telling about his coaching program ‘Beating the Trap' and adding that he and Montgomery have a mutual mentoring friend, Dr. Eric Thomas, popularly known as ET the Hip Hop Preacher, who is also a motivational speaker.

President Towner began the program by welcoming Coahoma Early College High, Clarksdale High, W. A. Higgins Middle School and the J. W. Stampley Ninth Grade Academy students to Coahoma, “a place where lives are saved and transformed.”

“Let Coahoma be a potential step,” Towner urged.