Pulitzer Prize winning author and Santa Barbara native Dr. Leon Litwack spoke to a group of high school students Wednesday.
He attributes much of his success to the teachers he had and wants to inspire fellow Dons.
Litwack, a retired professor and author, said he enjoys walking through the halls of his alma mater. He is even on the Wall of Fame.
Although he graduated Santa Barbara High School in 1947, he's still passionate about his work.
"Keep in mind the eloquent wisdom, the sage advice, and admonition of Chuck D and Public Enemy when they sang, 'Fight The Power,'" he said.
It was a theme that resonated with some students.
"See that's already what I was thinking, so it sort of just gives me more confidence in what I believe," said sophomore student, Phoebe.
The author spoke about civil rights and dissent, and asked students to re-examine assumptions.
"I think it's exciting. It's cool to see a guy his age, his demographic talking about stuff that is very relatable to students our age," said student William Belfiore.
Litwack said he not only has hope for their generation, he expects a lot from them.
"The time to be concerned about students isn't when they're exercising freedom of expression, protesting and picketing, voicing indignation and demanding change, but when they're not," he said.