In 1964, Mississippi was a place of terror, where local white citizens carried out brutal retaliation against blacks who believed they had the right to be first-class citizens. More than 1,000 people were arrested that summer.
As a generation that has grown up working with computers and regularly connecting online with people around the world, young people in particular have the potential to provide a unique contribution within this space.
This year, my husband and I called a family meeting and put $10,000 on the dining room table. We told the kids, "This money is yours, but it comes with some guidelines. The lump sum will go to charities of your choosing."
It's time for us to emphasize a new message throughout history. It's time for history to finally value and recognize the meaning of sisterhood. It's time to declare once and for all that women and girls together can and do impact the world.
Ming Holden makes her book debut with her non-fiction novella, The Survival Girls, based on her work with Congolese refugee women who are survivors of gender-based violence. Ming's work is proof of what fresh energy can bring to a development project.
It's more important now than ever to empower children by giving them the tools they need to develop their own identity and the personal strength to achieve their goals and become their own role models for positive living.
Equipped with the confidence to develop networks and identify economic opportunities, youth are able to overcome skills mismatch, bureaucracy, nepotism and geographic location -- all barriers to employment.
The basic message here was: when we live with dignity, we live from the heart, and to live from the heart is a noble thing indeed. For when we live with that inherent nobility which we all possess, we become heroes.
What I'm trying to say is, things change and sometimes new ideas need to be welcomed and accepted to move forward in society. It's time that youth take initiative to speak up about the causes they care.
For as long as there has been someone with an idea, there has been someone else to list the reasons that idea won't work. Life is full of obstacles and naysayers. Even laws and mores can conspire to keep us from chasing our dreams. Don't let them win.
"What is that sucking sound?" I asked a classroom of seniors at San Pedro High School in California. I had been invited to speak for their Career Day, Making a Difference In Our Youth. Upon the wall I showed a picture of a vacuum cleaner. A few giggles erupted through the room.