Having a goal is a good thing. It keeps us focused and on track. Sometimes we can have a goal and not even realize it. I believe this to be the case in Dr. Lenton Malry’’s life.
Recently Dr. Malry’s memoir was published. It’s the story of a man from modest beginnings that through persistence, perseverance, and prayer has accomplished much not just for him but for many others. Did he plan to write this book? Not really, but looking back Malry wanted to impart his message of encouragement to a new generation. Times are tough and he wanted to be able to share from many years of experience that you can do what you set your mind to do.
Dr. Lenton Malry is a man of firsts:
- the first of his family to graduate from college
- the first African American teacher at the Kinlichee Elementary School on the Navajo reservation
- the first African American principal for Albuquerque Public Schools
- the first African American elected to the New Mexico State Legislature and
- the first African American to earn a PHD in education from the University of New Mexico.
He and his wife Joy were the first African Americans to become members of Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church.
“I remember the first Sunday we attended the church in downtown on Central and Broadway. People actually got up and walked out.” Joy Malry
Thankfully times have changed
While some may consider Let’s Roll This Train an inspirational memoir, it really chronicles a piece of New Mexico history through the life of an inspirational figure. Malry never imagined as a poor black child growing up on a small rural farm in Louisiana that someday he would look back and see the impact he has made on the state of New Mexico particularly Bernalillo County and the city of Albuquerque.
Most importantly Dr. Malry has made and continues to make a mighty impact on the Kingdom of God. Almost every Sunday morning you
still find him standing tall at the front door of the church. He’ll greet you with a bright “good morning” and a firm handshake as he hands you a bulletin. He mentors many of the younger deacons as they take their place in the leadership of the church.
However, the thread that is consistently woven throughout this book is that perseverance pays off. Like Winston Churchill once said, “Never, never, never give up.” A good message for speakers and writers.
Dr. Malry’s book, Let’s Roll This Train is available at www.amazon.com