Weekly Word Up

What challenges have you faced in speaking up about issues that matter to you?

This week’s Word Up is prompted by the feeling of defeat. When working to overcome injustice of any kind we sometimes hear comments like, “It’s hopeless; you can’t change people’s attitudes. Why even try?” Overcoming these challenges can be difficult (and exhausting). Just last week, the sensation of defeat was squeezing at my heart and I ran across a powerful quote by one of the most encouraging human beings to ever grace the earth, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” This time, one quote was all it took. Back in the game!

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3 Comments

  1. Jen
    Posted August 10, 2011 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Being on a small, conservative campus sometimes it feels like I’m talking to the air. I feel like a lot of people don’t take me seriously but I know that my voice is powerful and I can make a difference. Thanks for reminding me that I’m not the only one who struggles with this.

  2. Adara Powell
    Posted September 21, 2011 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Jen,
    I also attend a small, semi-conservative campus. I can relate to the feeling of wasting your breath on a subject that matters to you. It is important to keep in mind, someone is listening. It’s never a waste and you never know who’s mind your opening to the topic. Don’t give up!

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