Michael Bonner speaks at Community Unity Breakfast

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - It was last year that an appearance on the Ellen Show catapulted one Eastern Carolina teacher's message onto the national stage.

South Greenville Elementary School's Michael Bonner brought his message Monday morning to the 21st annual Community Unity Breakfast at ECU's Murphy Center.

Bonner's keynote speech focused on topics like the education gap that exists between students of different races and backgrounds.

He says the way we better our communities is by investing in our children and he quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s words, "What are you doing for others?"

He says between racism and tragedy happening in the world around us, he asks if people are willing to be helpers.

"Because I found out one of the most powerful things is that individuals who ignore injustices happening are making a strong statement," Bonner says. "I think when we begin to understand where we should stand at in our walk of life, we can make true change happen, you can make true things happen for the community and those around you."

Bonner's message also talked about how American students are not as advanced as others around the world despite how advanced technologically we are.