What is in your hands to make a difference in the world? This question is often overlooked, however, it presents both a challenge and opportunity. A challenge to unleash your inner superhero and leave the world a better place than how we found it. An opportunity to begin leading change today.
There is also an opportunity to re-imagine the future by answering this question. This is a call to leadership. When I refer to leadership, I am not referring to a position or title but instead to your ability to be a superhero. A superhero is one who makes an impact, serves others, and helps to build community while transcending the boundaries of time and space. This is my vision of “Leadership for Social Justice” where you, as young leaders, focus your time, talent and resources on leading social change. This is related to my childhood dream of becoming Miss Freedom Fighter Esquire- basically Wonderwoman with a law degree and afro. Can you see me now? I was determined to earn a law degree in order to join in the struggle for justice.
History has shown us that time and time again ordinary people (like yourself) have been at the forefront of social change movements. Whether it be: Frederick Douglass (who lifted his voice to challenge slavery), Ida B. Wells (who recognized that the pen is mightier than the sword by writing for justice), Charles Hamilton Houston (who used his law degree to create equal access to education for all children no matter their skin color), or Shirley Chisholm (who became the first black woman elected to Congress and the first black woman to seek nomination for the highest office in the land as President)
I share about these African American leaders since they are the foremothers and forefathers of whose shoulders we stand upon today. But also to challenge us to build our own leadership legacy by actively changing the course of history. Former President Barack Obama wisely stated: “change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it.” You are the one to create change. Unleash the transformative power in your hands to make a difference in the world.