i was unaware that one of the most recognizable voices of our era was mute for most of his childhood. james earl jones went through several heart wrenching experiences as a child....leaving him unable to communicate until high school. an inspiring teacher pushed him to recite a poem he had written as an assignment. jones saw this as a challenge and performed it perfectly. this moment not only gave him the confidence to speak but also gave him the opportunity to discover theater. it goes to show the human heart is capable to demobilize as well as transcend our potential.