- A former US homeless man has become an inspiration to young people, especially students
- Christopher Paul Gardner, who struggled with homelessness while raising his son is now an established businessman and motivational speaker
- The CEO of Gardner Rich & Co, who has a net worth of $60m was at a school in the US to encourage students not to give up on their dreams
American businessman, Christopher Paul Gardner, the man who inspired the 2006 movie ‘'The Pursuit of Happyness'' starring Will Smith has once again become a motivation for young students at a school in the US.
Students at the Central High School in Louisville gave him a hero’s welcome when Chris Gardner stopped by the school to fraternize and urge them not to give up on their dreams no matter the hurdles.
Also a motivational speaker, Chris Gardner, was addressing hundreds of students and taught them how to overcome life’s obstacles.
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Gardner was once homeless while raising his son, Christopher Jarrett Gardner Jr., and through hard work he became a stockbroker and founded his own firm, brokerage firm Gardner Rich & Co in 1987.
He told student at the Central High School not to allow anyone to tell them what they cannot achieve.
"Don't ever let somebody else tell you what you can't do," he told the students. "If you got a dream, you gotta protect it. If you want something, go get it. Period," Chris Gardner said.
Born on February 9, 1954, Christopher Paul Gardner, is also a philanthropist who sponsors many charitable organizations including the Cara Program and the Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, where he and his son received desperately needed shelter.
He has helped fund a $50 million project in San Francisco that creates low-income housing and opportunities for employment in the area of the city where he was once homeless.
Meanwhile, some 250 African-Americans gathered at the Cape Coast Castle, Ghana, to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship of enslaved Africans to English North America in 1619. While this was ongoing, tens and thousands of African-Americans had assembled at the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton, Virginia, to also mark the same activity.
Here at the Cape Coast Castle, one of nearly 40 slave castles built in the Gold Coast, now Ghana, more than 70 families discovered their family tree during the African Ancestry DNA disclosure which is possibly the largest ever in the continent.
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