Rev Run, Lorenzo “Zo the Motivator” Murphy and Tyrese (Instagram Photo)
A Compton, Calif., teenager has achieved a life’s dream with the help of an earthly guardian angel.
Lorenzo Murphy recently began classes at Morehouse College, one of the country’s premier HBCUs which counts luminaries such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as an alum. He’s doing so for free, thanks to the aid of R&B singer and actor Tyrese Gibson.
Gibson said he was inspired to pay Murphy’s tuition by radio personality Tom Joyner, who recently received the Humanitarian Award at the 2015 BET Awards for his foundation’s work in supporting thousands of African-American students and HBCUs.
“Why did I decide to put this young kid from Compton through college? Because I #dream with my eyes OPEN and this year I watch this true legend get UP on stage and give the most moving speech about WHY he has raised and donated over 65 million dollars and put close to 30,000 african american kids into college and I decided at that MOMENT I needed to DO something,” Tyrese said in a comment posted alongside an image of Joyner on his Instagram account.
Murphy, who goes by the handle “zothemotivator” and has more than 9,400 followers on Instagram, took to the medium to offer sincere thanks to Tyrese this week.
“As of today I begin my journey as a Man of Morehouse. I am beyond grateful and thankful to be apart of such great legacy. None of this would be possible without God, @tyrese, the support from my family and of course, my relentless hard work,” he wrote.
“Annually, Morehouse is around 45k-50k and as you can imagine, that is a lot of money. I thank God for placing @tyrese in my life. It is because of him believing in me and investing in my future, that I am able to receive my education,” Murphy continued. “I am amongst the worlds greatest leaders and I want to thank @tyrese for giving me the opportunity to… pursue my academic and career endeavors at Morehouse College.”
According to Murphy’s social media profile, his goal is “to encourage, inspire, motivate, leave a legacy, and leave an impact that glorifies Jesus Christ.”
Tyrese seemed to be impressed with the California teen, posting a screen capture of a number of text interchanges between the pair in which the singer teases the teenager, saying while college is going to be easy for him, the harder job would be keeping the girls away because of his popularity.
The young man responds via text, “I concur. I’m ready to murder these classes!”
The blockbuster actor added in his comments about the image: “He’s 21, his mind is SHARP, he’s dedicated his life to Christ he’s a virgin and has not allowed the pressures of society to take him under!!!!! Wow!!! I’m about to murder these classes……???? Wow wow wow – I’m fired up for you bro….. It GO season!!!!”