In 1963, Dr. Dorothy Height took a seat on the dais at the March on Washington. Although she was one of the organizational leadership of the March, she was not invited to speak. (Racism was not the only “ism” being talked about that day.) Height spent nearly 40 years as the president of the National Council of Negro Women. She worked for criminal justice reform and educational equity and spent decades working on voting access. Height said,
“We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to access the systems of society. But also for and with those who have so much to give but never get the opportunity. I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom. I want to be remembered as one who tried.”
This week, I invite you to think about a time when you have been denied the chance to speak. Did you rise above to make a change in the world around you? Or how could you still?