Four-time American Olympic track and field star Joetta Clark Diggs was the keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast this year that happened on Monday, January 18 at East Stroudsburg University. The theme of the talk was how to overcome all of life’s tough obstacles and challenges while still remaining on top of things and feeling successful at the end of the day, which is a great subject for motivation and personal development. Especially when observing such a strong figure in history as Dr. King, it was a great way to honor his memory and all of what he went through in his life. Diggs made sure to mention that because of King, our American society is a much more evolved and happier place to live for all. Her enthusiastic energy really pumped up the audience as she shared her secrets to success and adversity, as well as how to keep one’s emotions in check.
The New Jersey-born athlete has an impressive 28 year long record in the track and field world, but she is most well known for her middle distance running. Diggs was able to come home with medals four times during her participation in the 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic games and she managed to compete in every outdoor USA Championship between the years of 1979 and 2000. By the time she was 37 years old, Diggs ranked as the fourth best in the world at her sport, and has continued her work changing the world by giving motivational speeches after her professional career was over.
Diggs spoke at this year’s annual MLK Jr. Day breakfast event earlier this month at East Stroudsburg University and helped celebrate the message and memory of the late Dr. King in a positive way.
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