A special day for a special leader

March 22, 2011

“Last Saturday, I asked Ruth Byrdsong to help me surprise my friend, Burnece Brunson with a special birthday breakfast.

“On Thursday, I flew to Nashville and rented a car to drive to Gilbertsville, Ky. to present a keynote and workshop for pre-K and kindergarten teachers of the Calloway County Regional Training Center.

“Upon my return to Nashville, I called Ruth.  She then called Mrs. Brunson and invited her to breakfast.  Mrs. Brunson agreed.

“When I arrived at the door with Ruth, Mrs. Brunson was so surprised.  She could not believe that I would come to Nashville to have breakfast with her.

“After the shock wore off, we all went to Cracker Barrel.  At the end of our meal, I asked Ruth to hold my iPhone and tape what I was about to do.

“I sang Happy Birthday to 96-year-old Burnece Brunson.  She was so surprised!!!

“I am so thankful for her seven-plus decades of leadership in the field of early childhood education.  Her daughter, Carol Brunson Day, is the CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute, Inc.”