Actor Lamman Rucker deserves credit for delivering such a refreshingly positive message to the students of Talladega College in Alabama. Many members of the Hollywood community are currently urging students to embrace dependence on government. It’s nice to hear a message like this for a change.

TALLADEGA, Alabama — Actor Lamman Rucker spoke of history and responsibility when he addressed students at Talladega College this morning.

Rucker, known for his roles in Tyler Perry’s sitcom “Meet The Browns” and film “Why Did I Get Married?,” served as speaker the school’s convocation ceremony ringing in the new school year.

“There’s always opportunity to create history as we live it, but remember that you’re tied to an existing history and an existing legacy. We need to do our part maintain the standard,” he said prior to his speech.

Rucker, who holds a master’s degree in education, encouraged students to maintain self-determination and confidence throughout their undergraduate careers. He advised students to have fun but make good grades.

“It’s so simple, but there’s a duality,” he said. “There’s a way to do that intelligently, safely, responsibly and with discipline.”

He gave the audience a version of his personal code, which includes having confidence, taking advantage and creating opportunities, having discipline and striving for excellence.