‘Make a Career of Humanity’: How MLK’s Legacy Empowers Lavar Buckmon ’26 as an Entrepreneur
As a young Black student at Babson College, I have had the privilege of pursuing my passion for entrepreneurship while also carrying with me the profound influence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
In particular, his words, spoken during the 1959 march for integrated schools, have resonated with me throughout my journey: “Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.” These words have not only become a guiding light but also have found a profound connection to Babson’s mission of developing entrepreneurial leaders who create economic and social value.
Growing up in Arlington, Texas, I was introduced early to Dr. King’s teachings by my parents and community. His message of making a career out of humanity struck a chord with me from an early age. I saw the power in his call to commit oneself to the noble struggle for equal rights. MLK’s vision was not limited to racial equality; it encompassed economic and social justice for all. It was a vision of a world where opportunities were not determined by the color of one’s skin but by the content of their character and their commitment to justice.
The enduring relevance of Dr. King’s message is undeniable, especially in today’s world. While significant progress has been made, our society still grapples with systemic inequalities and discrimination. As a young Black individual, I am acutely aware of the challenges that persist. MLK’s principles continue to inspire me to take an active role in addressing these issues, not just as an advocate but also as an entrepreneur. Babson College’s mission aligns seamlessly with MLK’s vision. Babson aims to develop entrepreneurial leaders who create economic and social value, and this mission has resonated deeply with me. I have come to understand that entrepreneurship is not just about building profitable ventures; it’s about creating solutions to societal problems and improving the lives of others.
Carrying MLK’s Legacy
The phrase “noble struggle for equal rights” encapsulates the essence of MLK’s teachings. It serves as a constant source of inspiration in my entrepreneurial journey. It reminds me that my pursuits should not be driven solely by personal gain but should also contribute to the greater good. It underscores the importance of using my entrepreneurial skills to dismantle barriers and promote equality.
Through my entrepreneurial projects, I have sought to empower my community. One such initiative involved creating a nonprofit organization in my hometown, aiming to provide support for underprivileged families in the area. Another project focused on promoting economic opportunities for minority-owned businesses, bringing awareness to the gap in access to resources and funding. MLK’s legacy is a clear reminder that every step I take should be a step toward a finer world for all.
“Babson College’s mission aligns seamlessly with MLK’s vision. … Entrepreneurship is not just about building profitable ventures; it’s about creating solutions to societal problems and improving the lives of others.”
Lavar Buckmon ’26
Dr. King’s influence on my entrepreneurial journey extends beyond inspiration. It has shaped my values and leadership style. I believe in leading with empathy, promoting diversity, and fostering an inclusive environment in my ventures. I have witnessed firsthand how these principles not only create a positive work culture but also contribute to the success and sustainability of businesses.
As I continue my education at Babson College and look ahead to the future, I am committed to carrying MLK’s legacy with me. I see a world where the noble struggle for equal rights is not just a dream but also a reality. I believe that through entrepreneurship, I can play a pivotal role in creating economic and social value in my community and beyond. Dr. King’s words serve as a constant reminder that my journey as a young Black entrepreneur is not just about personal success but about contributing to a greater nation and a finer world to live in.
In conclusion, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is a powerful source of inspiration that has deeply influenced my journey as a young Black student at Babson College and as an aspiring entrepreneur. His message of making a career out of humanity and committing to the noble struggle for equal rights resonates with both my personal values and Babson’s mission. MLK’s legacy is not just a historical lesson but a living testament to the enduring importance of pursuing justice, equality, and a better world for all through entrepreneurship.
Lavar Buckmon ’26 is a Diversity Leadership Scholar at Babson College and a member of the Semillas Society as a first-generation student, and he serves on the Babson Marketing Society’s executive board.