University of Tennessee Leadership Academy fellows and alumni recently had the opportunity to hear perspectives and insights on leadership from civil rights icon and Knoxville legend Rev. Harold Middlebrook. Rev. Middlebrook, a long-time pastor and community leader in Knoxville, shared his experiences, his stories, and what he has learned about leadership over his extraordinary career. In the midst of a lovely setting in the new Student Union, he spoke of faith, vision, perseverance in the face of obstacles, and the importance of bridge-building to make an easier path for others who follow. Most poignantly, Rev. Middlebrook spoke of the remarkable lessons learned about leadership and life from his close affiliation with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his youth.