TheBlackManCan is back to bring you another EXTRAordinary Black Men. It is our distinct honor to introduce Delorean Andrews as he sits down with TheBlackManCan to talk about lifting as you climb and advice for young men of color.
TheBlackManCan: Delorean, you embody the phrase Lift as you climb. Why is it important that we as a society embrace that slogan?
DA:To me the slogan means to never leave anyone behind, regardless of how high or how far you go in life. It is important to always pull another person up with you. There is no good in leaving people behind. Even when you achieve a certain level of success, you should not forget about the people who you encountered along the way.
TheBlackManCan: You are involved in quite a few volunteer opportunities. What are some of those opportunities and why is it important to you?
DA: Director- A.R.M.Y. Boys Ministry- Ebenezer Full Gospel Baptist Church Program Speaker- Upward Bound- Lincoln University Workshop Facilitator- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Chester Chapter- Beautillion Program
Facilitator/Mentor- ‘The Black Man Can’Community Service Organization These opportunities have been important to me because our youth need role models, people to look up to. I want to be able to give them something that I never had. My hope is that I can touch the lives of many in an effort to make a difference.
TheBlackManCan: If you had to pick two books that every person should read what would they be and why?
DA: Act Like Success, Think Like Success- Steve Harvey- In this book, Steve Harvey tells us how to achieve our dreams using the gift we already have. It’s not a book that is “too deep.” It’s easy to read, entertaining and educational, all at the same time. You will learn a lot about ways to make yourself more successful by way of Steve’s real life experiences.
Letters to a Young Brother- Manifest Your Destiny- Hill Harper- This book is an amazing book that provides wisdom and guidance towards helping your men in their efforts to be successful. In this book, Hill Harper highlights his motivational speaking opportunities in the inner city. I admire his efforts as they closely reflect my dreams and aspirations for reaching inner city youth and impacting their lives.
TheBlackManCan: What are three obstacles you feel that hold people back from reaching their full potential?
DA: 1) Fear (of the unknown) 2)Their Environment/Upbringing 3) Education (Lack of)
TheBlackManCan: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
DA: In the next five years, I see myself getting more involved in my motivational speaking. Traveling to various inner cities and sharing my life stories. Ultimately, I would like to become a keynote speaker and establish my own brand.
TheBlackManCan: Why is it important for young men of color to see positive images of themselves?
DA: It is important for them to see, understand and believe that there is good in them, regardless of where they come from, what obstacles they have encountered, or who told them that they would not amount to anything. Seeing positive images of themselves gives them hope for a better life and a promising future.
TheBlackManCan: What word of advice do you have for young men of color?
DA: Believe in yourself and always strive for success. Know that you can achieve far beyond your imagination. There are still a lot of this things out there that need to be discovered, uncovered, solved, and invented. Young men of color…You are going to be the people to do it all. Focus on getting good grades and making strides towards being exceptional students. Never give up, even when it seems like the odds are against you, often times they are not. Don’t doubt yourself or your abilities, you are a trailblazer. Carry yourself accordingly.
TheBlackManCan: You hold an aircraft electrician Certification and work for one of the biggest aerospace companies in the world. Why is it important for people to learn and develop a skill?
DA: Learning and developing a skill makes you more marketable. It often times sets you from the rest. It gives you a foundation to stand and opportunities to grow. Personally, I have a greater sense of purpose within my career goals because of the skills that I have attained.