Individuals and organizations alike work to maximize their impact based on a variety of factors. Those factors are: who is being impacted, why change is needed, and how to best go about about impacting that change.
At that moment, Annette discovered her true calling. She went from being a postal worker to becoming the leader of a charitable organization that has raised $35,000 for pediatric cancer patients in less than two years.
It is clear to me that the state of these Assisted Living and Supported Housing programs must be changed. They must connect with the individual on how it feels to live like this, and what the emotional impacts in fact are.
I stood up, my shirt sticking to my chest from sweat, and thought of my students in New York who had their first snowfall that morning. As their teacher, I wished they were here with me and could experience this. Just one day in my shoes would teach them more than a textbook could in a year.
The visibility and voices of these mentors, with and without disabilities, could mean that someday, nobody will be told that there is "nobody like that" to help them find their true potential and achieve their dreams.
All institutions of higher learning need to pay close attention to the concerns of students of color and women, aggressively listening to their concerns as well as making a valiant effort to produce a college campus that is receptive, stress free as possible and attentive to all students.
There aren't any justifiable reasons that the alarming school-to-prison pipeline trends should continue. These systemic issues don't just take a village to address; it takes a nation and a world to resolve any ongoing and preventable injustices.
I was looking toward my future with hope, excitement and anticipation, it was a new chapter in life for me and I couldn't wait for what lay ahead. Until one day, everything I knew and everything I was looking forward to changed in the matter of a split second.
Dr. King's life is a reminder to seek light in darkness, to be the change itself. In this, I find much room for optimism around the world in young men and women equipped with both skills and moral courage, daring to do what is right, not easy.
The fact is that race has always been a major issue in America. For many blacks and other non-whites, it has been the perennial issue. When W. E. B. Du Bois stated that "the problem of the 20th century would be the problem of the color line," he was right on target.
For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?