Crossroads, Hope, and Legacy
Today the world began again as the month of February ended for people of color that was meant to celebrate, honor and dignify there presence in contemporary America. A nation miles away from the foreign soil that bears lineage and legacy to their ancestors. What hasn’t changed in the decades since Dr. King walked the nation offering peaceful protest to right the social ills of America? African America’s are still murdered without persecution and voting rights are violated at polling centers around the nation for majority gains among a host of other things. As I look back over the month I ask myself what would Dr. King have to say about the events that transpired in February remember Virginia Governor Northam’s blackface and KKK incident in addition to his covert narcissism playing on center stage. The house of Gucci producing blackface sweater and calling it fashion. Let’s not forget about Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax and Robert Kelly alleged sexual misconduct and rape charges. Oh, did I forget to include our chief officer President’s Trump’s racist attacks on african scholars, congresswoman, journalist etc and his war on immigrants and that ridiculous border wall? All I can say is the multiple stains that occurred in Black History month is profoundly disgraceful. In the following passage, I delivered this speech to my Toastmasters club to bring a peaceful reminder that we are all human and we share more things in common than we think. Today I would like to share with you 3 important words about the nobleman who inspired this speech.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Oxford dictionary defines Crossroads as a crucial point in time that requires a decision to be made. Hope as a desire with expectation of fulfillment and legacy as a gift that is given or received by an ancestor, predecessor, or something transferred from the past. Today I speak to you of a man whose courage answered a national crisis, who inspired hope and positivity among oppressed and non-oppressed citizens and forge a legacy that instituted peace of mind, a promise of a future free from civil right violations, promoted the gospel to love your neighbor as yourself, and to serve our nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
I remember the first time I heard his voice. His voice was full of courage, compassion, optimism, knowledge, and wisdom. A spiritualist and person of excellence and distinction. He was my elder and his message of peaceful protest changed my life forever.
Like Dr. King, I’ve had my crossroads, I hoped, believed, and constructed my legacy also to be of service, purpose, and the love for others. As Dr. King’s life diminished in 1968 my life was just beginning. I was raised on his message of peaceful interaction, compromising solutions, and the respect for human life. Each year my life plan is reawakened from the resounding temperament of his voice as it travels across radios, television, and social media streams. His reminder to be of service and find your purpose inspires me even more so today. The moral of this speech. Every decade brings uncertainty.
There will be CROSSROADS, CULTURAL DIFFERENCES, EMOTIONAL DEBATES, AND MULTIPLE STORMS WE MUST TRANSCEND PERSONALLY, PROFESSIONALLY, AND NATIONALLY.
DREAMS TO BE ACHIEVED
LEGACY’S TO BE FORGED
AND LEGISLATION THAT NEEDS REFORM
We all have a calling a divine purpose we must answer to if you do nothing with this declaration, do this, clarify your objectives. The question today is whether or not you will answer to your calling or sit on the sidelines of your life.
Fellow members, honored guest
Together we stand, and United we rise.
May you conquer your Crossroads
Expect your hopes to be fulfilled
Build your Legacies
Dr. King proclaimed, Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter and the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Crossroads, Hope, and Legacy!
Say it with me
Break Barriers, not Human Spirit. Choose Inclusion before Exclusion
THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.