Looking to seize attention? Want to be noticed?
That’s what was on the mind of University of South Florida student, Cesar Hernandez as he planned his marathon speech on campus this week.
His plan? To deliver a speech for a full 24 hours on the campus and garner support for the students’ cries for support, rights and an end to immigration laws.
Was he successful? He managed to keep his speech going forÂ a full 24 hours. But he was a shadow of his immaculate self when he finally finished. He looked tired, felt tired and was indeed truly exhausted.
His speech was far fromÂ a tour de force, which is not surprising given its longevity. He began well with an introduction dedicated to him, his life story, his ideals and his thoughts.
But he soon gravitated to reading from a weighty tome, A People’s History Of The United States, by Howard Zinn. His audience was receptive as he took to reading from his favourite book. That was a surprise. His book reading was perhaps the student equivalent of PowerPoint slide reading in the office. At least he’s readied himself for that task.
With his 24 hour marathon speech completed, Cesar Hernandez left his Red Bulls and coffees and headed off for some sleep. Sleepy, yes. But satisfied he had a listening audience even throughout the night. Now that’s an achievement for a student speaker.
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