Back in third- or fourth grade, I played Yellowbeard in the class play. I had exactly one line–a simple sentence with no dependent clauses.
Something about “Sourdough Sally.” That’s all I remember now, and it was all I remembered then.
Fast forward about two centuries to 2011, and little Ariya Blow.
There were plenty of eloquent speakers at Tuesday’s Black History Month Celebration, sponsored by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. One of them even was a football star with the New York Jets.
But afterwards, it was the 8-year-old from South Plainfield that everyone was talking about.
Ariya and an older sister take lessons from a nonprofit called New Jersey Orators.
I’m not sure exactly how that works. I just know that suddenly, I no longer fear IBM’s Watson quite so much.