Clarence Wright, a 22-year-old senior, is a well-known figure around campus.
Wright is currently a Religion major with a minor in Geography and Urban Studies. After graduation, he plans to pursue a Masters of Science in Urban Economic Development at Eastern University.
Wright has preached since the age of 16. For the past four years, he has been involved with the Love Zion Baptist Church, on 23rd Street in North Philadelphia. He serves as a youth pastor, where he deals with anyone under 21.
“I provide spiritual and social guidance to more than 50 kids. It is inspiring when a young child comes up to you to give you a hug and say ‘I love you’ and you know you’ve helped them out,” said Wright.
Wright occasionally preaches in Ritter Hall, which he plans to continue this semester. In addition, he has been involved with the Temple gospel choir for the past four years.
Music has been a big part of Wright’s life. At the age of five, he started playing the organ and the piano and started professionally playing music at the age of 12. Wright is now a minister of music. With this title, he heads the gospel choir and plays the music to accompany the singing.
Wright has also been heavily involved with campus activities, being a resident assistant for the past three years.
“As I walk around campus, I recognize many faces from people I have either met through housing or as an Owl Team leader,” Wright said.
When not involved with on-campus activities or religious duties, Wright enjoys reciting and performing his own poetry. He can be seen on stage at Warm Daddies, October Gallery and Pearl of Africa. He hopes to be involved with the Philadelphia National Slam Team this year, where he will compete with other teams in performance poetry.
“I write about anything: life, politics, religion, and love. Sharing my work is my release. I like to make a statement through my words,” said Wright.
For the future, Wright looks forward to a devout life of helping others and rebuilding broken down communities.