Student Spotlight: Kamari Brown

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Student Spotlight: Kamari Brown

Kamari Brown shares his story of faith and persistence.

Kamari Brown shares his story of faith and persistence.

Kamari Brown shares his story of faith and persistence.

Kamari Brown shares his story of faith and persistence.

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Kamari Brown, 19, is a freshman player on the Panola College Men’s Basketball Team. He’s majoring in general studies and sports medicine. Kamari  was raised in Tallahassee, Fla. by a single mom, who worked numerous jobs just to support Kamari and his two sisters. Yet she would still come home and cook, clean, help with school work, then get them up and going in the mornings. Kamari says, “my mother truly is my inspiration.”

However, Kamari lived a life of trouble, “I’d pick a fight, get suspended, come back in three days, and pick another fight,” Kamari says. “I was getting into so much trouble at school it got to the point where they had referrals sitting there already with my name on it just waiting on me.”

Kamari says that he used to be liked in school because he was always the one to make the other kids laugh and get in trouble. “ I used to be a 2nd grader hanging with 5th graders because I was the cool kid, but I realized I was hanging with the wrong group. I wasn’t hanging with the scholars or the people with a goal in mind; I was hanging with people that just came to school because it was there, it was a social. I started realizing who wants to be angry and arguing all the time? If you hang around and put negative energy in, you are going to get negative energy out, but if you hang around and put positive energy in you will get positive energy out.”

Once Kamari began to get older he started becoming wiser. He soon began playing basketball and found an organization called FCA, formerly Fellowship of Christian Athletes. That’s where it all changed. It wasn’t long before Kamari had accepted Jesus Christ into his life and now he says, “I put God first before anything else.” Kamari lives life by showing love just as Christ did, just trying to make someone’s day because “you never know what someone is going through in life, and there’s always someone out there worse off than you are.” He has even earned the name “preacher boy” around the college campus. 

“You don’t want to be that person in and out of jail. I’ve seen that, you don’t want to do that. You are just sitting there throwing your life away. God has a path for everybody and it may be to just go straight but it may be going through trials and obstacles, but you will get there someday, somehow, because God has the final say so.”

Kamari says when talking about his past and the people that come to him for advice, “I truly believe that God put me on earth to make others feel good and to share the love of God.”

 Kamari came from a stereotypical “broken home” but is a prime example of what it takes to escape the streets. Kamari’s advice on doing so are truly amazing words of wisdom.

 “Find something you are good at and excel at it; find Jesus Christ and pray every night that he gets you to where you want to be. A lot of people come from broken homes and they THINK that there’s nothing they can do, but God has a plan for everybody, but you have to go find it. Everybody has a gift. You may not know it because you haven’t found it yet but find it and hold on to it. Get out of that street life. People are getting killed every day, drugs sold every day but it’s up to you if you are going to make a difference. If you tell yourself you won’t make a difference then you won’t. You can’t pray for an A on a test and study for a C. One last thing for people in broken homes, you CAN get out and you WILL by the grace of God. There’s so many people giving up to the street life but I chose not to because I don’t want my momma to worry that her child was killed in the streets. My momma worked too hard to provide for me and that’s not the way I want to repay her.”

Kamari Brown believes that he has truly lived the life of breaking the mold, most of the teachers and administrators may have wanted deep down for him to succeed but believed that a kid like him would be another to fall through the cracks and live the street life. Through the power and grace of God and his hard work, he has broken the mold and now inspires all that there is so much more to life and that you shouldn’t give up on yourself and that you should always try to spread love because you don’t know what someone’s gone through.

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