Demond Wilson comes to DeFuniak Springs

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Hundreds came out for the Florida Chautauqua Assembly keynote speaker Demond Wilson Friday morning.

Wilson, who played Lamont Sanford on the hit TV series Sanford and Son, talked about his childhood, how he got into acting, and what it was like to be a part of the show.

Wilson continues to act, write and produce entertainment projects on TV and in movies.

In 1983, Wilson became an ordained pastor and began a worldwide ministry.

Now he says his days are spent relating to his children and grandchildren.

"It behooves all of us, especially if we are trying to reach the youth of our nation, to come to them with something they can understand,” said Wilson. “I can relate to my 4-year-old granddaughter, she loves me, because I do things she likes."

City leaders and educators say they enjoyed Wilson's message and hope to bring some of it to the DeFuniak community.

"And people in our generation need to realize if we are going to have an influence on our youth we have to get on their playing field,” said DeFuniak Springs Mayor Bob Campbell.

"A lot of things of the old are resurfacing and becoming contemporary,” said Principal Russell Hughes of Walton High School. “ We have seen the rise of different movie stars coming back into play and this might be this may be one of those things they get to experience."

The Chautauqua Assembly ends Sunday.