WEBVTT 00:00:00.000 --> 00:00:05.000 Thank you so much for joining us tonight for the 2019 MLK Celebration Dinner. 00:00:05.000 --> 00:00:09.000 We are so happy to have you here, celebrating the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King. 00:00:09.000 --> 00:00:12.000 To help us kick off our night and our celebration on behalf 00:00:12.000 --> 00:00:16.000 On behalf of President Fuller, please help me welcome Dr Kathleen Cassidy 00:00:16.000 --> 00:00:20.000 the Dean of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. 00:00:20.000 --> 00:00:24.000 And I just wanted to say a few quick words. I am actually old enough 00:00:24.000 --> 00:00:26.000 to remember when Dr King was still alive. 00:00:26.000 --> 00:00:31.000 I an barely old enough. But I am also young enough to have grown up 00:00:31.000 --> 00:00:35.000 with his words as part of our curriculum in school. 00:00:35.000 --> 00:00:38.000 I Have a Dream speech was something we studied, and even 00:00:38.000 --> 00:00:40.000 A Letter From Birmingham Jail was something I often taught 00:00:40.000 --> 00:00:44.000 because it is one of the most beautifully constructed 00:00:44.000 --> 00:00:47.000 arguments I used to teach on argumentative writing and it is 00:00:47.000 --> 00:00:52.000 really the piece of argumentative writing. So I thought I knew a lot about Dr King 00:00:52.000 --> 00:00:56.000 and then a few years ago I had the chance to visit the King's Center in Atlanta. 00:00:56.000 --> 00:00:60.000 And I was going through that facility, which if you have not had the chance 00:01:00.000 --> 00:01:04.000 to go you should, I was really amazed at how little 00:01:04.000 --> 00:01:08.000 I knew, and how much more there is to know, and how many more great things 00:01:08.000 --> 00:01:12.000 he had to say, besides the words we are all most familiar with. 00:01:12.000 --> 00:01:16.000 And I was thinking this afternoon about this event, and about how all 00:01:16.000 --> 00:01:19.000 of the values he stood for seem to be under attack right now, 00:01:19.000 --> 00:01:24.000 and what, how frankly depressing it is 00:01:24.000 --> 00:01:28.000 sometimes for those of us who care about what he stood for at this moment 00:01:28.000 --> 00:01:32.000 in history. And so I was looking through the stack of postcards I bought 00:01:32.000 --> 00:01:34.000 while I was at the King's Center with quotes that I like, 00:01:34.000 --> 00:01:37.000 and I was looking through them and I found this one which I thought 00:01:37.000 --> 00:01:40.000 is really pertinent at this time in history. 00:01:40.000 --> 00:01:44.000 Forces that threaten to negate life must be challenged by courage, 00:01:44.000 --> 00:01:48.000 which is the power of life to affirm itself in spite of lives ambiguities. 00:01:48.000 --> 00:01:52.000 This requires the exercise of a creative will that enables 00:01:52.000 --> 00:01:56.000 us to hue a stone of hope from a mountain of despair. 00:01:56.000 --> 00:01:58.000 I thought it was a very important reminder that 00:01:58.000 --> 00:01:62.000 we are not living in easy times but neither was he. 00:02:02.000 --> 00:02:06.000 And he had the courage to act anyway, and thats what we all need to do as well. 00:02:06.000 --> 00:02:08.000 I know we are all looking forward to 00:02:08.000 --> 00:02:12.000 a very thought provoking and enjoyable evening, 00:02:12.000 --> 00:02:16.000 with our keynote speaker and delicious dinner, so I would like to thank everyone 00:02:16.000 --> 00:02:20.000 who is involved in putting this event together, particularly Melissa 00:02:20.000 --> 00:02:24.000 for MCing, and now I would like to introduce Dr Gary Dukes, 00:02:24.000 --> 00:02:28.000 our vice president of student affairs, who will introduce the winner of 00:02:28.000 --> 00:02:32.000 our MLK essay contest. So this year we asked students to 00:02:32.000 --> 00:02:35.000 reflect on the following quote from Reverend Dr Martin Luther King, 00:02:35.000 --> 00:02:40.000 from a sermon on February 27th, 1967 in San Fransisco 00:02:40.000 --> 00:02:44.000 Modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, 00:02:44.000 --> 00:02:49.000 which stands in glaring contrast to a scientific and technological abundance. 00:02:49.000 --> 00:02:52.000 We have learned to fly in the air like birds, 00:02:52.000 --> 00:02:55.000 we have learned to swim the seas like fish, 00:02:55.000 --> 00:02:59.000 and yet we have not learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters. 00:02:59.000 --> 00:02:63.000 So now I would like to call up our student essay award winners, 00:03:03.000 --> 00:03:08.000 and I will call them up in reverse order and the first place winner will actually read 00:03:08.000 --> 00:03:12.000 their essay. So in third place we have Leina Mohammed. 00:03:12.000 --> 00:03:16.000 We have Claire Graves, 00:03:16.000 --> 00:03:20.000 and then finally in first place we have 00:03:20.000 --> 00:03:24.000 Natalie Gomez. The title of my essay is 00:03:24.000 --> 00:03:28.000 No te rindes la primera cayera which means, 00:03:28.000 --> 00:03:32.000 Do not give up on the first try. You will not tell my mother to 00:03:32.000 --> 00:03:36.000 go back where she came from, for her life has been dug deep into 00:03:36.000 --> 00:03:40.000 the soil of America. For roots seep their way down, 00:03:40.000 --> 00:03:43.000 into the prosperity of what was being offered to her. 00:03:43.000 --> 00:03:47.000 The grass being the opportunities that most would not even notice. 00:03:47.000 --> 00:03:50.000 The kind of opportunities that granted her 00:03:50.000 --> 00:03:53.000 and us the life that we deserved. 00:03:53.000 --> 00:03:56.000 The kind of life that you have, and the kind of life 00:03:56.000 --> 00:03:59.000 that Americans hold clenched to their chests. 00:03:59.000 --> 00:03:63.000 A life built on dreams, and a life built on privilege. 00:04:03.000 --> 00:04:09.000 America is the place of prosperity, where lives are grown and hope is nurtured. 00:04:09.000 --> 00:04:13.000 There is a kind of understanding when you are a so called minority. 00:04:13.000 --> 00:04:16.000 You begin to learn of the battle that came 00:04:16.000 --> 00:04:20.000 before you. The scars that are painted across the backs 00:04:20.000 --> 00:04:23.000 of the leaders that fought in the continuing war 00:04:23.000 --> 00:04:28.000 for equality. Martin Luther King Jr was the general. 00:04:28.000 --> 00:04:32.000 MLK's message was first introduced to me 00:04:32.000 --> 00:04:36.000 as a young child, and that was there should not be a divide within racial 00:04:36.000 --> 00:04:38.000 or economical groups, 00:04:38.000 --> 00:04:42.000 that there is a simplicity in accepting people as they are. 00:04:42.000 --> 00:04:45.000 He paved the way for racial equality, 00:04:45.000 --> 00:04:48.000 and for the decimation of segregation. 00:04:48.000 --> 00:04:52.000 He once said, modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, 00:04:52.000 --> 00:04:58.000 which stands in glaring contrast to a scientific and technological abundance. 00:04:58.000 --> 00:04:60.000 We have learned to fly the air like birds. 00:05:00.000 --> 00:05:02.000 We have learned to swim the seas like fish. 00:05:02.000 --> 00:05:06.000 And yet we have not learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters. 00:05:06.000 --> 00:05:09.000 This particular quote rings true today, 00:05:09.000 --> 00:05:13.000 maybe more so than MLK would have imagined. 00:05:13.000 --> 00:05:16.000 Society has come so far in science, 00:05:16.000 --> 00:05:20.000 and technology, however, my mother and I cannot walk down the street 00:05:20.000 --> 00:05:25.000 without sideway stares or glares for using our Spanish. 00:05:25.000 --> 00:05:28.000 Growing up, my tongue was in love. 00:05:28.000 --> 00:05:32.000 As strange as that sounds, in love with Spanish, bound to her 00:05:32.000 --> 00:05:35.000 and this was the same for most people in my LA community. 00:05:35.000 --> 00:05:40.000 We all embraced our culture, and held our values dearly. 00:05:40.000 --> 00:05:44.000 Our mothers raising us to believe that there is a good in the world. 00:05:44.000 --> 00:05:48.000 But not to take down our walls, for all the good in the world 00:05:48.000 --> 00:05:53.000 could not drown out the racism, the prejudice, or the malice. 00:05:53.000 --> 00:05:56.000 As time passed, and age ripened me 00:05:56.000 --> 00:05:58.000 I realized that I was different. 00:05:58.000 --> 00:05:61.000 Not in myself, but from the standpoint of my culture. 00:06:01.000 --> 00:06:05.000 The term "beener" rang in my ears like nails on a chalkboard. 00:06:05.000 --> 00:06:08.000 For something was made very clear to me. 00:06:08.000 --> 00:06:12.000 Not from my own doing, that I was brown. Labeled like a crayon 00:06:12.000 --> 00:06:16.000 I was not the only one, for our entire folk was labeled 00:06:16.000 --> 00:06:20.000 just a Crayola box of pure brown crayons. 00:06:20.000 --> 00:06:24.000 We stuck together like brothers and sisters having respect in the fact 00:06:24.000 --> 00:06:28.000 that we were one. Because we did not care 00:06:28.000 --> 00:06:32.000 about the color of our skin or the money in our pockets. 00:06:32.000 --> 00:06:35.000 And we should do as MLK once did, 00:06:35.000 --> 00:06:38.000 for our state of peace has been disrupted once again. 00:06:38.000 --> 00:06:43.000 We need the courage that King's memory and legacy holds, 00:06:43.000 --> 00:06:48.000 he gives us strength to fight back, to rally, to speak. 00:06:48.000 --> 00:06:51.000 He gives us the strength to have courage. 00:06:51.000 --> 00:06:56.000 The message is clear. We are here on this abundant earth to make a difference, 00:06:56.000 --> 00:06:59.000 and to speak out against the disproportion of society. 00:06:59.000 --> 00:06:63.000 We need to have a tough mind, but a tender heart. 00:07:03.000 --> 00:07:08.000 Enough so that we realize we are the future. We hold 00:07:08.000 --> 00:07:10.000 that picture of what is acceptable 00:07:10.000 --> 00:07:16.000 and what should be acceptable is everyone from every walk of life. 00:07:16.000 --> 00:07:20.000 There are to many problems in our lives to be blinded by the 00:07:20.000 --> 00:07:21.000 unprompted hatred for one another. 00:07:21.000 --> 00:07:26.000 applause 00:07:26.000 --> 00:07:30.000 I get the pleasure to introduce our keynote speaker who I got to meet 00:07:30.000 --> 00:07:35.000 just a little bit ago, and I feel like we already connected and like alright you are stuck with me long term. 00:07:35.000 --> 00:07:40.000 Christopher Coleman. At birth after miraculously being brought back to life, 00:07:40.000 --> 00:07:43.000 doctors initially told Christopher's parents that he would live his life 00:07:43.000 --> 00:07:47.000 confined to a bed, a wheelchair, and his own body. 00:07:47.000 --> 00:07:50.000 He was initially diagnosed mentally and physically disabled. 00:07:54.000 --> 00:07:58.000 He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical and Professional Communications, 00:07:58.000 --> 00:07:63.000 a certification in human behavior, a certification of diversity and inclusion, 00:08:03.000 --> 00:08:05.000 along with a certification in life coaching. 00:08:05.000 --> 00:08:11.000 Christopher is known as America's unconfined keynote speaker. 00:08:11.000 --> 00:08:16.000 Diversity and inclusion expert, life coach, and author. 00:08:16.000 --> 00:08:20.000 He is the founder and CEO of Unconfined Life Institute, 00:08:20.000 --> 00:08:24.000 a non profit dedicated to leading the world out of the box. 00:08:24.000 --> 00:08:27.000 In 2013, Christopher published his first book, 00:08:27.000 --> 00:08:30.000 named Solitary Confinement, 00:08:30.000 --> 00:08:33.000 a 31 Day Journey to Personal Freedom. 00:08:33.000 --> 00:08:36.000 In 2015 he released his autobiography, 00:08:36.000 --> 00:08:41.000 called No Longer Confined, detailing his personal journey towards freedom. 00:08:41.000 --> 00:08:44.000 In 2017, 00:08:44.000 --> 00:08:47.000 Christopher completed his third book, 00:08:47.000 --> 00:08:52.000 Diversity Plus Inclusion Equals Emotional Intelligence 00:08:52.000 --> 00:08:56.000 Times Rational DNA. I was giving him a hard time 00:08:56.000 --> 00:08:60.000 that he made me do math. The Science Behind Diversity and Inclusion. 00:09:00.000 --> 00:09:04.000 For over 20 years, Christopher has presented 00:09:04.000 --> 00:09:07.000 in many colleges, universities and corporations around the world. 00:09:07.000 --> 00:09:13.000 Today Christopher is here to challenge us to live our lives beyond expectations. 00:09:13.000 --> 00:09:18.000 Please help me give a warm welcome to Christopher Coleman. 00:09:18.000 --> 00:09:22.000 Can you hear me? 00:09:22.000 --> 00:09:25.000 And my microphone? 00:09:25.000 --> 00:09:28.000 Can you hear me ring the bell, 00:09:28.000 --> 00:09:32.000 can you hear it ring? 00:09:32.000 --> 00:09:36.000 Awesome. It is so good to be here 00:09:36.000 --> 00:09:40.000 with you. And I am 00:09:40.000 --> 00:09:44.000 excited to be sharing my 00:09:44.000 --> 00:09:48.000 expectations on living a 00:09:48.000 --> 00:09:52.000 unconfined life. And 00:09:52.000 --> 00:09:56.000 I wanted to let you know why I 00:09:56.000 --> 00:09:60.000 picked the topic. I want to 00:10:00.000 --> 00:10:04.000 give you a little background about my life. 00:10:04.000 --> 00:10:08.000 I was pronounced dead 00:10:08.000 --> 00:10:12.000 at birth so 00:10:12.000 --> 00:10:16.000 God did not expect me 00:10:16.000 --> 00:10:20.000 to start breathing 00:10:20.000 --> 00:10:24.000 after 15 minutes. But after 15 minutes 00:10:24.000 --> 00:10:28.000 of no oxygen to my 00:10:28.000 --> 00:10:32.000 brain, they did not 00:10:32.000 --> 00:10:36.000 expect me to move 00:10:36.000 --> 00:10:40.000 or talk. Damn boy. 00:10:44.000 --> 00:10:48.000 One of my best 00:10:48.000 --> 00:10:52.000 friends said one day, Christopher, 00:10:52.000 --> 00:10:56.000 I can do anything you can do, 00:10:56.000 --> 00:10:60.000 and I can do it better. I am like oh yeah? 00:11:00.000 --> 00:11:04.000 Do not breathe for 15 minutes. 00:11:04.000 --> 00:11:08.000 laughter 00:11:08.000 --> 00:11:12.000 But I went to a 00:11:12.000 --> 00:11:16.000 a new school with a 00:11:16.000 --> 00:11:20.000 challenge for the mentally disabled. 00:11:20.000 --> 00:11:24.000 And no one there 00:11:24.000 --> 00:11:28.000 thought I knew what was going on 00:11:28.000 --> 00:11:32.000 around me. But I got new 00:11:32.000 --> 00:11:36.000 everything I want going on around me. 00:11:36.000 --> 00:11:40.000 So they did not expect 00:11:40.000 --> 00:11:44.000 that I was going to go and 00:11:44.000 --> 00:11:48.000 say teacher whats up, how are you doing. 00:11:48.000 --> 00:11:52.000 And they did not expect that 00:11:56.000 --> 00:11:60.000 find out that actually, really 00:12:00.000 --> 00:12:04.000 I was on a ninth grade level. 00:12:04.000 --> 00:12:08.000 They put me in high school 00:12:08.000 --> 00:12:12.000 and some of my teachers 00:12:12.000 --> 00:12:16.000 did not want me to be in their class 00:12:16.000 --> 00:12:20.000 because they were uncomfortable 00:12:20.000 --> 00:12:24.000 with having the first disabled 00:12:24.000 --> 00:12:28.000 student in their class. 00:12:28.000 --> 00:12:32.000 And they did not expect 00:12:32.000 --> 00:12:36.000 me to graduate top 00:12:40.000 --> 00:12:44.000 DPA. 00:12:44.000 --> 00:12:48.000 applause 00:12:48.000 --> 00:12:52.000 No one expected me 00:12:52.000 --> 00:12:55.000 to 00:12:55.000 --> 00:12:59.000 to go from Louisiana 00:12:59.000 --> 00:12:64.000 to Atlanta Georgia, and become the first 00:13:04.000 --> 00:13:08.000 colored graduate in my 00:13:08.000 --> 00:13:12.000 whole family. And when I got up there my whole 00:13:12.000 --> 00:13:16.000 family, and I do not mean a little family. 00:13:16.000 --> 00:13:20.000 You seem my mom is one of 00:13:24.000 --> 00:13:28.000 family each kid has 7 00:13:28.000 --> 00:13:32.000 or more kids. And I was the only 00:13:32.000 --> 00:13:36.000 kid who graduated in my family. 00:13:36.000 --> 00:13:41.000 applause 00:13:41.000 --> 00:13:44.000 And then no one expected 00:13:44.000 --> 00:13:48.000 me, including myself, 00:13:48.000 --> 00:13:52.000 to figure oh I am going to go to 00:13:52.000 --> 00:13:56.000 travel all the way to 00:13:56.000 --> 00:13:60.000 give a presentation 00:14:00.000 --> 00:14:04.000 in front of thousands of people 00:14:04.000 --> 00:14:08.000 and change their lives. So 00:14:08.000 --> 00:14:12.000 When I think about Martin Luther King, 00:14:12.000 --> 00:14:16.000 I think about what he would want 00:14:16.000 --> 00:14:20.000 us to do at this time. 00:14:20.000 --> 00:14:24.000 And I think he would 00:14:24.000 --> 00:14:28.000 want us to rise above 00:14:28.000 --> 00:14:32.000 what the people expected 00:14:32.000 --> 00:14:36.000 of us. I bet he would want us 00:14:36.000 --> 00:14:40.000 to rise up a little bit higher 00:14:40.000 --> 00:14:44.000 and 00:14:44.000 --> 00:14:48.000 live our life with dignity and power 00:14:48.000 --> 00:14:52.000 over who we are. Say I 00:14:52.000 --> 00:14:56.000 did not prepare for this speech and maybe 00:14:56.000 --> 00:14:60.000 God did not prepare for 00:15:00.000 --> 00:15:04.000 and some of the greatest MLK speeches 00:15:04.000 --> 00:15:08.000 are the kind of speeches that you can relate to. 00:15:08.000 --> 00:15:12.000 And some of the speeches 00:15:12.000 --> 00:15:16.000 all look at the odds 00:15:16.000 --> 00:15:20.000 I have been to the mountain top, and I have 00:15:20.000 --> 00:15:24.000 it took Martin Luther two years 00:15:24.000 --> 00:15:28.000 in the north and in the south 00:15:28.000 --> 00:15:32.000 Every time I think 00:15:32.000 --> 00:15:36.000 I have found that someone 00:15:36.000 --> 00:15:40.000 knocked me down a couple feet 00:15:40.000 --> 00:15:42.000 and that did not get something from me 00:15:42.000 --> 00:15:46.000 So I will move on to the next speech 00:15:46.000 --> 00:15:52.000 I Have A Dream - that I can be honest with you 00:15:52.000 --> 00:15:56.000 where a person is a person 00:15:56.000 --> 00:15:60.000 without limitation. I am not 00:16:00.000 --> 00:16:04.000 00:16:04.000 --> 00:16:08.000 and at 00:16:08.000 --> 00:16:12.000 we hope that my 00:16:12.000 --> 00:16:16.000 true protector will one day be seen 00:16:16.000 --> 00:16:20.000 but I want that in color 00:16:20.000 --> 00:16:24.000 and we fought a long time 00:16:24.000 --> 00:16:28.000 and I feel like you have 00:16:28.000 --> 00:16:32.000 so that you might love one another 00:16:32.000 --> 00:16:36.000 and as a member of the LGBTQ 00:16:36.000 --> 00:16:40.000 community I 00:16:40.000 --> 00:16:44.000 am not, I do not have big 00:16:44.000 --> 00:16:48.000 dreams that I can love who I want to love 00:16:48.000 --> 00:16:52.000 so that wont work with me either. 00:16:52.000 --> 00:16:56.000 We Must Love One A 00:16:56.000 --> 00:16:60.000 that he wrote, in love and in 00:17:00.000 --> 00:17:04.000 do something 00:17:08.000 --> 00:17:12.000 and the dilemna 00:17:12.000 --> 00:17:16.000 and the challenge. Now I really like that speech 00:17:16.000 --> 00:17:20.000 because he said 00:17:20.000 --> 00:17:23.000 The dilemma is 00:17:23.000 --> 00:17:26.000 the demand of history 00:17:26.000 --> 00:17:32.000 require we be as productive, as resourceful, 00:17:32.000 --> 00:17:36.000 as responsible as the people 00:17:36.000 --> 00:17:42.000 who have never had these disadvantages. 00:17:42.000 --> 00:17:44.000 And now the challenge. 00:17:44.000 --> 00:17:48.000 The challenge is, 00:17:48.000 --> 00:17:52.000 the one gets behind in a race 00:17:52.000 --> 00:17:56.000 must forever remain behind or run 00:17:56.000 --> 00:17:60.000 or run faster than the man 00:18:00.000 --> 00:18:02.000 in front of them. 00:18:02.000 --> 00:18:07.000 You see even though we have been 00:18:07.000 --> 00:18:12.000 discriminated against and segregated 00:18:12.000 --> 00:18:16.000 against, we still have to 00:18:16.000 --> 00:18:18.000 compete at our own pace. 00:18:18.000 --> 00:18:23.000 Pave our own way. We still have 00:18:23.000 --> 00:18:27.000 We have to be responsible 00:18:27.000 --> 00:18:32.000 for own actions. And we still have to be 00:18:32.000 --> 00:18:34.000 protecting them seriously, 00:18:34.000 --> 00:18:40.000 And in America, even though we think 00:18:40.000 --> 00:18:44.000 most think them away 00:18:44.000 --> 00:18:48.000 and we have segregation. That 00:18:48.000 --> 00:18:52.000 is the dilemma, that is the challenge. 00:18:52.000 --> 00:18:56.000 The dilemma and challenge 00:18:56.000 --> 00:18:60.000 Once known by only black people, 00:19:00.000 --> 00:19:05.000 but today, the dilemma 00:19:05.000 --> 00:19:08.000 and challenge are for all 00:19:08.000 --> 00:19:11.000 colored people. 00:19:11.000 --> 00:19:16.000 It is for disabled people. It is for 00:19:16.000 --> 00:19:19.000 the LGBTQ community. 00:19:19.000 --> 00:19:24.000 It is for women. It is for ancient people. 00:19:24.000 --> 00:19:29.000 We all have to rise up to 00:19:29.000 --> 00:19:32.000 the dilemma of 00:19:32.000 --> 00:19:34.000 are we all running ahead 00:19:34.000 --> 00:19:39.000 or all we all remaining behind. 00:19:39.000 --> 00:19:44.000 Are we limited by people 00:19:44.000 --> 00:19:48.000 who expect us to be, or are we going to rise 00:19:48.000 --> 00:19:52.000 above them, and be the people that 00:19:52.000 --> 00:19:56.000 we know we are called to be. 00:19:56.000 --> 00:19:59.000 And I ask this 00:19:59.000 --> 00:19:64.000 if I had not 00:20:04.000 --> 00:20:08.000 graduated from college 00:20:08.000 --> 00:20:12.000 or I did not teach myself how to read, 00:20:12.000 --> 00:20:15.000 or I never went to high school, 00:20:15.000 --> 00:20:19.000 or I never did anything more 00:20:19.000 --> 00:20:24.000 than sit in my wheel chair for the rest of my life, 00:20:24.000 --> 00:20:28.000 no one would want me. 00:20:28.000 --> 00:20:33.000 That would be ok. 00:20:33.000 --> 00:20:36.000 That 00:20:36.000 --> 00:20:41.000 is him doing what he is supposed to do, 00:20:41.000 --> 00:20:44.000 But I do not not want to do what 00:20:44.000 --> 00:20:51.000 I am supposed to do. I want to do what I am created to do. 00:20:51.000 --> 00:20:53.000 I want to be the man 00:20:53.000 --> 00:20:56.000 applause 00:20:56.000 --> 00:20:60.000 I want to live my life above 00:21:00.000 --> 00:21:05.000 your expectations that they believe 00:21:05.000 --> 00:21:09.000 not only as a man of color, 00:21:09.000 --> 00:21:12.000 as a disabled man, 00:21:12.000 --> 00:21:14.000 or 00:21:14.000 --> 00:21:17.000 as a member of the LGBTQ 00:21:17.000 --> 00:21:20.000 community. 00:21:20.000 --> 00:21:24.000 So, to rise above expectations 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:30.000 is to understand freedom. Dr King said 00:21:30.000 --> 00:21:34.000 If America wants to be 00:21:34.000 --> 00:21:38.000 a first class nation, 00:21:38.000 --> 00:21:40.000 we cannot have 00:21:40.000 --> 00:21:44.000 second class citizens. 00:21:44.000 --> 00:21:50.000 applause 00:21:50.000 --> 00:21:53.000 To rise above expectations 00:21:53.000 --> 00:21:57.000 is to understand that freedom 00:21:57.000 --> 00:21:61.000 is a character trait. 00:22:01.000 --> 00:22:07.000 And not just, are we free, 00:22:07.000 --> 00:22:10.000 but it is about the way you carry yourself. 00:22:10.000 --> 00:22:15.000 It is about who you are as an individual. 00:22:15.000 --> 00:22:19.000 Freedom is a character trait. 00:22:19.000 --> 00:22:21.000 yes. 00:22:21.000 --> 00:22:24.000 We cannot conduct ourselves 00:22:24.000 --> 00:22:28.000 as second class citizens. 00:22:28.000 --> 00:22:32.000 Character is the reaction 00:22:32.000 --> 00:22:37.000 to our circumstances. 00:22:37.000 --> 00:22:41.000 You know, I was born black. 00:22:41.000 --> 00:22:44.000 I was born disabled. 00:22:44.000 --> 00:22:49.000 And believe it or not I was born gay. 00:22:49.000 --> 00:22:55.000 But I was also born free. 00:22:55.000 --> 00:22:60.000 And people were also born free. 00:23:00.000 --> 00:23:04.000 But because I am 00:23:04.000 --> 00:23:08.000 black, some people expect me 00:23:08.000 --> 00:23:12.000 to walk instead of run. 00:23:12.000 --> 00:23:16.000 Or because I am a person with a 00:23:16.000 --> 00:23:20.000 limitation, some people expect 00:23:20.000 --> 00:23:24.000 me to think that I have a 00:23:24.000 --> 00:23:27.000 intellectual disability. 00:23:27.000 --> 00:23:31.000 Or because I am gay, some people expect 00:23:31.000 --> 00:23:36.000 me to act in a certain way. 00:23:36.000 --> 00:23:39.000 but those same people 00:23:39.000 --> 00:23:45.000 do not expect me to act like I am free. 00:23:45.000 --> 00:23:47.000 00:23:47.000 --> 00:23:52.000 But those same people do not expect 00:23:52.000 --> 00:23:56.000 me to act like I am free. 00:23:56.000 --> 00:23:60.000 They expect me to act like all of them but do not 00:24:00.000 --> 00:24:04.000 act like you live in a free county. 00:24:04.000 --> 00:24:08.000 Because if you are black, disabled, gay 00:24:08.000 --> 00:24:12.000 you are this, you are that, 00:24:12.000 --> 00:24:16.000 If we want to be first class 00:24:16.000 --> 00:24:20.000 citizens we must act 00:24:20.000 --> 00:24:24.000 like first class citizens. 00:24:24.000 --> 00:24:28.000 applause 00:24:28.000 --> 00:24:32.000 applause 00:24:32.000 --> 00:24:36.000 We cannot 00:24:36.000 --> 00:24:40.000 let our circumstances dictate our 00:24:40.000 --> 00:24:44.000 character. When our character 00:24:44.000 --> 00:24:48.000 goes beyond our situation 00:24:48.000 --> 00:24:52.000 we are living a life that no one 00:24:52.000 --> 00:24:56.000 expects us to live, or can prevent 00:24:56.000 --> 00:24:60.000 us from living. 00:25:00.000 --> 00:25:04.000 We are to rise above 00:25:04.000 --> 00:25:08.000 our circumstances we must embrace 00:25:08.000 --> 00:25:12.000 who we are. 00:25:12.000 --> 00:25:16.000 We cannot allow ourselves 00:25:16.000 --> 00:25:20.000 to be treated like second 00:25:20.000 --> 00:25:24.000 class citizens. 00:25:24.000 --> 00:25:28.000 We can only be who we are 00:25:28.000 --> 00:25:32.000 and at some point that 00:25:32.000 --> 00:25:36.000 has to be enough. Now I am going to 00:25:36.000 --> 00:25:40.000 tell you right now and say that I do not know if 00:25:40.000 --> 00:25:44.000 it is because I am older now, 00:25:44.000 --> 00:25:48.000 but I realized something. 00:25:48.000 --> 00:25:53.000 I do not need anyones permission to be me. 00:25:53.000 --> 00:25:56.000 applause 00:25:56.000 --> 00:25:60.000 I do not need anybody's permission 00:26:00.000 --> 00:26:04.000 to be me, and we 00:26:04.000 --> 00:26:08.000 as people for some reason rely 00:26:08.000 --> 00:26:12.000 on approval to be who we are created 00:26:12.000 --> 00:26:16.000 to be. And I want to say 00:26:16.000 --> 00:26:20.000 that is false. I do not need any ones stamp of 00:26:20.000 --> 00:26:24.000 approval to be Christopher Coleman. 00:26:24.000 --> 00:26:28.000 We do not need any ones 00:26:28.000 --> 00:26:32.000 approval to be who we are as 00:26:32.000 --> 00:26:36.000 people of color, as allies, as 00:26:36.000 --> 00:26:40.000 women, as people in the LGBTQ community. 00:26:40.000 --> 00:26:44.000 and as people who are willing 00:26:44.000 --> 00:26:48.000 to say I do not need your approval. 00:26:48.000 --> 00:26:52.000 I did though, 00:26:52.000 --> 00:26:56.000 I wrote in my notes 00:26:56.000 --> 00:26:60.000 what that means is 00:27:00.000 --> 00:27:04.000 we have to ok with you. 00:27:04.000 --> 00:27:08.000 There are very few people who are 00:27:08.000 --> 00:27:12.000 recognized by their greatness. 00:27:12.000 --> 00:27:16.000 But they are not. We 00:27:16.000 --> 00:27:20.000 should get rid of that. 00:27:20.000 --> 00:27:24.000 When I came out to the 00:27:24.000 --> 00:27:28.000 family they were like cool. 00:27:28.000 --> 00:27:32.000 And my brother, he worked for a very big and 00:27:32.000 --> 00:27:36.000 brand new company. I called him 00:27:36.000 --> 00:27:40.000 and he said, Chris 00:27:40.000 --> 00:27:44.000 your career is over. 00:27:44.000 --> 00:27:48.000 Now that you are out, 00:27:48.000 --> 00:27:52.000 no one will hire you. No one will 00:27:52.000 --> 00:27:56.000 will want you to come and be at 00:27:56.000 --> 00:27:60.000 their school, or their event. 00:28:00.000 --> 00:28:04.000 Your career is over. 00:28:04.000 --> 00:28:08.000 I am like oh yeah? 00:28:08.000 --> 00:28:12.000 I believe you do not know who I am. 00:28:12.000 --> 00:28:16.000 Because I am the king at using 00:28:16.000 --> 00:28:20.000 who I am to build my career. 00:28:20.000 --> 00:28:23.000 I made a bet with him. Four or five years later 00:28:23.000 --> 00:28:28.000 I am ready to be myself, 00:28:28.000 --> 00:28:32.000 and I am 100% who I am. 00:28:32.000 --> 00:28:35.000 Well five years later, 00:28:35.000 --> 00:28:39.000 Im still trying for things like Oprah, 00:28:39.000 --> 00:28:44.000 but I came out way out here to, where am I? Monmouth. 00:28:44.000 --> 00:28:48.000 Monmouth giving a speech. 00:28:48.000 --> 00:28:52.000 because I realized that 00:28:52.000 --> 00:28:56.000 I know who I am. I do not need anyones 00:28:56.000 --> 00:28:60.000 approval to be a first 00:29:00.000 --> 00:29:04.000 class citizen. 00:29:04.000 --> 00:29:07.000 Let them know me. 00:29:07.000 --> 00:29:12.000 Let no one say that 00:29:12.000 --> 00:29:16.000 they can live your life like you can. 00:29:16.000 --> 00:29:20.000 And remember that you are the one 00:29:20.000 --> 00:29:24.000 that changes your life. 00:29:24.000 --> 00:29:28.000 Our circumstances are 00:29:28.000 --> 00:29:32.000 ok listen to this I love this, 00:29:32.000 --> 00:29:36.000 We cannot 00:29:36.000 --> 00:29:40.000 choose our own circumstances, 00:29:40.000 --> 00:29:44.000 but we control what we do with 00:29:44.000 --> 00:29:48.000 our circumstances. 00:29:48.000 --> 00:29:54.000 applause 00:29:54.000 --> 00:29:57.000 We shape our lives 00:29:57.000 --> 00:29:60.000 by what door we allow 00:30:00.000 --> 00:30:04.000 to open and close. 00:30:04.000 --> 00:30:08.000 The best decision that we can make 00:30:08.000 --> 00:30:11.000 that we embrace who we are 00:30:11.000 --> 00:30:17.000 and to we were created to be. 00:30:17.000 --> 00:30:22.000 Everday 00:30:22.000 --> 00:30:25.000 I am learning everyday 00:30:25.000 --> 00:30:28.000 that the more I embrace 00:30:28.000 --> 00:30:33.000 who I am, the more doors are open 00:30:33.000 --> 00:30:37.000 in my life. 00:30:37.000 --> 00:30:40.000 We have to make decisions 00:30:40.000 --> 00:30:45.000 that embrace who we know we are, 00:30:45.000 --> 00:30:50.000 not the preconceived notions 00:30:50.000 --> 00:30:54.000 of other people. I am going to repeat that. 00:30:54.000 --> 00:30:57.000 We have to make the decision 00:30:57.000 --> 00:30:61.000 to embrace who we are 00:31:01.000 --> 00:31:05.000 not the preconceived notions 00:31:05.000 --> 00:31:11.000 of other people. And that is a bigger issue than you think 00:31:12.000 --> 00:31:17.000 Imagine in there, 00:31:17.000 --> 00:31:20.000 we begin to conform 00:31:20.000 --> 00:31:24.000 to whatever someone else 00:31:24.000 --> 00:31:29.000 said we are. And someone said you 00:31:29.000 --> 00:31:31.000 are disablied 00:31:31.000 --> 00:31:35.000 you cannot sit at the table. 00:31:35.000 --> 00:31:39.000 I am not disabled. 00:31:39.000 --> 00:31:44.000 I am not. And I am going to tell you why. 00:31:44.000 --> 00:31:47.000 Disabilites. 00:31:47.000 --> 00:31:50.000 are called the disabled, 00:31:50.000 --> 00:31:54.000 and on their own side of the room 00:31:54.000 --> 00:31:59.000 that focus is not working. 00:31:59.000 --> 00:31:64.000 I do not live my life in disfunction. 00:32:04.000 --> 00:32:09.000 Matter of fact I go everyday I am always 00:32:09.000 --> 00:32:12.000 doing something. 00:32:12.000 --> 00:32:16.000 I have a limitation yes, 00:32:16.000 --> 00:32:20.000 but I will not accept the label, 00:32:20.000 --> 00:32:24.000 disabled, because I am able to do anything 00:32:24.000 --> 00:32:26.000 I set my mind to. 00:32:26.000 --> 00:32:33.000 applause 00:32:33.000 --> 00:32:35.000 Now my next 00:32:35.000 --> 00:32:38.000 point and my last point 00:32:38.000 --> 00:32:41.000 To rise above expectations 00:32:41.000 --> 00:32:46.000 you must remove the labels. 00:32:46.000 --> 00:32:50.000 And this is the most important. 00:32:50.000 --> 00:32:57.000 We cannot be confined to the expectations 00:32:57.000 --> 00:32:60.000 of a second class citizen. 00:33:00.000 --> 00:33:04.000 We cannot live in 00:33:04.000 --> 00:33:09.000 truth without identifying a lie. 00:33:09.000 --> 00:33:12.000 And that goes back to what I am saying. 00:33:12.000 --> 00:33:15.000 When somebody calls me 00:33:15.000 --> 00:33:20.000 disabled. I laugh, I am not disabled. 00:33:20.000 --> 00:33:24.000 Maybe you are, but I am not. 00:33:24.000 --> 00:33:28.000 I can do anything i want to do. 00:33:28.000 --> 00:33:32.000 and 00:33:32.000 --> 00:33:34.000 I am my own boss. 00:33:34.000 --> 00:33:40.000 Oh I need to hurry and go! 00:33:40.000 --> 00:33:44.000 The labels we live with 00:33:44.000 --> 00:33:48.000 are molds we must fit our life into. 00:33:48.000 --> 00:33:52.000 What you 00:33:52.000 --> 00:33:56.000 what you accept as a label, 00:33:56.000 --> 00:33:60.000 becomes your identity. 00:34:00.000 --> 00:34:04.000 Listen to me. 00:34:04.000 --> 00:34:09.000 What you accept as a label, 00:34:09.000 --> 00:34:12.000 becomes your identity. 00:34:12.000 --> 00:34:17.000 You are confined, and molded 00:34:17.000 --> 00:34:20.000 into that label. 00:34:20.000 --> 00:34:25.000 That you allow people to put on 00:34:25.000 --> 00:34:27.000 00:34:27.000 --> 00:34:32.000 Listen to me, I am going somewhere with this. 00:34:32.000 --> 00:34:36.000 The reason why we must 00:34:36.000 --> 00:34:40.000 remove the label 00:34:40.000 --> 00:34:44.000 is so important because 00:34:44.000 --> 00:34:48.000 it puts equality in 00:34:48.000 --> 00:34:52.000 the front seat. 00:34:52.000 --> 00:34:56.000 We must be careful about the labels 00:34:56.000 --> 00:34:60.000 we put on ourselves, and make it a 00:35:00.000 --> 00:35:04.000 part of equality 00:35:04.000 --> 00:35:08.000 Stay with me. 00:35:08.000 --> 00:35:12.000 More of us 00:35:12.000 --> 00:35:16.000 love and want to do like most 00:35:16.000 --> 00:35:21.000 I am cutting it right down the middle and 00:35:21.000 --> 00:35:24.000 and move them or leave them. 00:35:24.000 --> 00:35:28.000 You know what that does 00:35:28.000 --> 00:35:32.000 00:35:32.000 --> 00:35:34.000 00:35:34.000 --> 00:35:40.000 Inferior, or superior. 00:35:40.000 --> 00:35:44.000 To rise above expectations, 00:35:44.000 --> 00:35:48.000 we might come 00:35:48.000 --> 00:35:52.000 to the conclusion that something 00:35:52.000 --> 00:35:56.000 that if something is done as 00:35:56.000 --> 00:35:60.000 or said, that people 00:36:00.000 --> 00:36:04.000 will evoke emotions, and that 00:36:04.000 --> 00:36:08.000 And we begin to feel 00:36:08.000 --> 00:36:12.000 inferior or superior. 00:36:12.000 --> 00:36:16.000 Let me say that again for you all. 00:36:16.000 --> 00:36:20.000 If I say something to you, 00:36:20.000 --> 00:36:24.000 and that invokes 00:36:24.000 --> 00:36:28.000 an emotion 00:36:28.000 --> 00:36:32.000 happy, or sad, or angry, 00:36:32.000 --> 00:36:36.000 It is because we are living under the 00:36:36.000 --> 00:36:40.000 place where we are either feeling 00:36:40.000 --> 00:36:44.000 inferior or superior. 00:36:44.000 --> 00:36:48.000 Now, 00:36:48.000 --> 00:36:52.000 Both are the results of not feeling equal 00:36:52.000 --> 00:36:56.000 Now I 00:36:56.000 --> 00:36:60.000 feel superior to you, or I 00:37:00.000 --> 00:37:04.000 am inferior to you, I do not fit 00:37:04.000 --> 00:37:08.000 And I am telling you that 00:37:12.000 --> 00:37:16.000 the world will either feel inferior, 00:37:16.000 --> 00:37:20.000 or superior, we do not feel equal. 00:37:20.000 --> 00:37:24.000 Both cause major 00:37:24.000 --> 00:37:28.000 problems like pride 00:37:28.000 --> 00:37:32.000 and low self esteem. 00:37:32.000 --> 00:37:36.000 If we are feeling inferior we tend 00:37:36.000 --> 00:37:40.000 to make up for it by 00:37:40.000 --> 00:37:44.000 trying to please someone 00:37:44.000 --> 00:37:48.000 or by puffing up who we are. 00:37:48.000 --> 00:37:52.000 If we are feeling 00:37:52.000 --> 00:37:56.000 superior we to care 00:37:56.000 --> 00:37:60.000 and act entitled. 00:38:00.000 --> 00:38:04.000 Equality, I love this, 00:38:04.000 --> 00:38:08.000 equality is the understanding 00:38:08.000 --> 00:38:13.000 that no one in the universe 00:38:13.000 --> 00:38:16.000 is more important than we are 00:38:16.000 --> 00:38:20.000 and no one on the universe 00:38:20.000 --> 00:38:24.000 is less important than we are. 00:38:24.000 --> 00:38:29.000 applause 00:38:29.000 --> 00:38:32.000 Can we have that dilemma 00:38:32.000 --> 00:38:36.000 cause I really want that 00:38:36.000 --> 00:38:40.000 to get in our world 00:38:40.000 --> 00:38:44.000 Can we do that together. 00:38:44.000 --> 00:38:48.000 You talk. 00:38:48.000 --> 00:38:52.000 Equality is the understanding that no one in the universe 00:38:52.000 --> 00:38:56.000 is more important than you are, and no one in the universe 00:38:56.000 --> 00:38:60.000 is less important than you are. Amen! 00:39:00.000 --> 00:39:04.000 That is equality! 00:39:04.000 --> 00:39:08.000 So, 00:39:08.000 --> 00:39:12.000 ok I am about to wrap it up. 00:39:12.000 --> 00:39:16.000 00:39:16.000 --> 00:39:20.000 But I do not wanna wrap it up before 00:39:20.000 --> 00:39:24.000 I do something. I want to show you 00:39:24.000 --> 00:39:28.000 something. I want to show you 00:39:28.000 --> 00:39:32.000 a secret to overcoming 00:39:32.000 --> 00:39:36.000 the dilemma, and the 00:39:36.000 --> 00:39:40.000 challenge that we have. 00:39:40.000 --> 00:39:44.000 What was the dilemma does anyone remember what the 00:39:44.000 --> 00:39:48.000 dilemma is? 00:39:48.000 --> 00:39:52.000 Whats the dilemma. 00:39:52.000 --> 00:39:56.000 Can we go back to that? 00:39:56.000 --> 00:39:60.000 The dilemma, the demands 00:40:00.000 --> 00:40:04.000 of history require we be as 00:40:04.000 --> 00:40:08.000 productive, as resourceful, as responsible 00:40:08.000 --> 00:40:12.000 as the people who have never had 00:40:12.000 --> 00:40:16.000 these disadvantages. 00:40:16.000 --> 00:40:20.000 the challenge and the dilemma is 00:40:20.000 --> 00:40:24.000 challenge is, the challenge 00:40:24.000 --> 00:40:28.000 the one who 00:40:28.000 --> 00:40:32.000 gets behind in a race must forever 00:40:32.000 --> 00:40:36.000 remain behind or run 00:40:36.000 --> 00:40:40.000 faster than the man in front 00:40:40.000 --> 00:40:44.000 How are we going to do this. 00:40:44.000 --> 00:40:48.000 How are we going to defeat this. 00:40:48.000 --> 00:40:53.000 I believe that I have the secret. 00:40:53.000 --> 00:40:58.000 and I am going to show it to you 00:40:58.000 --> 00:40:61.000 00:41:01.000 --> 00:41:04.000 00:41:04.000 --> 00:41:08.000 00:41:08.000 --> 00:41:12.000 00:41:12.000 --> 00:41:16.000 I do that all over the 00:41:16.000 --> 00:41:20.000 the country and people ask me 00:41:20.000 --> 00:41:24.000 all the time, what are you doing? 00:41:24.000 --> 00:41:28.000 I thought you were going to fall, 00:41:28.000 --> 00:41:32.000 or I thought you were gonna get up and walk. 00:41:32.000 --> 00:41:36.000 What are you doing?? 00:41:36.000 --> 00:41:40.000 Listen, 00:41:40.000 --> 00:41:44.000 I am getting 00:41:44.000 --> 00:41:48.000 out of my wheelchair. 00:41:48.000 --> 00:41:49.000 00:41:49.000 --> 00:41:56.000 I am getting out of what the world tries 00:41:56.000 --> 00:41:60.000 to confine me 00:42:00.000 --> 00:42:04.000 00:42:04.000 --> 00:42:08.000 I am getting out of the 00:42:08.000 --> 00:42:12.000 preconceived notion of someone 00:42:12.000 --> 00:42:16.000 that live in a wheelchair. 00:42:16.000 --> 00:42:20.000 00:42:20.000 --> 00:42:25.000 We all have bridges 00:42:25.000 --> 00:42:28.000 that are real. 00:42:28.000 --> 00:42:33.000 And I am being 00:42:33.000 --> 00:42:36.000 physical with you 00:42:36.000 --> 00:42:40.000 but we all pretend that the world 00:42:40.000 --> 00:42:44.000 has a place in our lives 00:42:44.000 --> 00:42:48.000 we all reach out from 00:42:48.000 --> 00:42:52.000 our past or from the 00:42:52.000 --> 00:42:56.000 the label from being a 00:42:56.000 --> 00:42:60.000 hispanic student, or 00:43:00.000 --> 00:43:04.000 or a black student, or a disabled student, 00:43:04.000 --> 00:43:09.000 or a white student and we tend on trying 00:43:09.000 --> 00:43:12.000 to confine to 00:43:12.000 --> 00:43:16.000 that label confine to that 00:43:16.000 --> 00:43:20.000 wheelchair. 00:43:20.000 --> 00:43:24.000 We all meet the challenge 00:43:24.000 --> 00:43:28.000 of todays world, 00:43:28.000 --> 00:43:32.000 we got our own life bridges. 00:43:32.000 --> 00:43:36.000 We have our mind, our heart 00:43:36.000 --> 00:43:41.000 our emotion, our preparation 00:43:41.000 --> 00:43:44.000 we have to stop 00:43:44.000 --> 00:43:48.000 the wheelchair of 00:43:48.000 --> 00:43:51.000 and how I get my chair into 00:43:51.000 --> 00:43:56.000 trouble with it but I am ok with that. 00:43:56.000 --> 00:43:60.000 You had to check right, get ready 00:44:00.000 --> 00:44:04.000 laughter 00:44:04.000 --> 00:44:09.000 Let me tell you a different view. 00:44:09.000 --> 00:44:12.000 I do not want 00:44:12.000 --> 00:44:16.000 equality because I am black, 00:44:16.000 --> 00:44:20.000 I do not want equality 00:44:20.000 --> 00:44:24.000 because I am disabled. I do not want 00:44:24.000 --> 00:44:28.000 equality because I am a member of 00:44:28.000 --> 00:44:32.000 the LGBTQ community. 00:44:32.000 --> 00:44:36.000 I want equality because I am human. 00:44:36.000 --> 00:44:41.000 applause 00:44:41.000 --> 00:44:44.000 Because I am human, 00:44:44.000 --> 00:44:48.000 because I was born in America, 00:44:48.000 --> 00:44:52.000 but because I was born in a world where we all 00:44:52.000 --> 00:44:56.000 are created equal, 00:44:56.000 --> 00:44:60.000 I want equality because I am 00:45:00.000 --> 00:45:04.000 i am me. And so I am silencing 00:45:04.000 --> 00:45:08.000 we are to stop finally fighting for 00:45:08.000 --> 00:45:12.000 equality for our own behaviors 00:45:12.000 --> 00:45:16.000 Because we are a part of 00:45:16.000 --> 00:45:20.000 we are a part of the disabled community, 00:45:20.000 --> 00:45:24.000 or you are in the LGBTQ community 00:45:24.000 --> 00:45:28.000 we are all a community 00:45:28.000 --> 00:45:32.000 and want equality for everybody 00:45:32.000 --> 00:45:36.000 regardless of what label 00:45:36.000 --> 00:45:39.000 you have to deal with. 00:45:39.000 --> 00:45:43.000 Anyone in the community or in the world 00:45:43.000 --> 00:45:49.000 deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. 00:45:49.000 --> 00:45:52.000 Now I believe 00:45:52.000 --> 00:45:56.000 in the words of Martin Luther King, 00:45:56.000 --> 00:45:61.000 if you are here right now on the stage, 00:46:01.000 --> 00:46:05.000 you will be fighting for equality 00:46:05.000 --> 00:46:08.000 for every american. 00:46:08.000 --> 00:46:12.000 For everyone here that 00:46:12.000 --> 00:46:17.000 rise up and be in the community 00:46:17.000 --> 00:46:19.000 and you say we all 00:46:19.000 --> 00:46:25.000 deserve the same rights, and you would say 00:46:25.000 --> 00:46:30.000 we do not want some our rights, 00:46:30.000 --> 00:46:34.000 we want all of our rights 00:46:34.000 --> 00:46:36.000 applause 00:46:36.000 --> 00:46:41.000 applause 00:46:41.000 --> 00:46:44.000 USA 00:46:44.000 --> 00:46:48.000 Do we all want some of them later, 00:46:48.000 --> 00:46:52.000 no, we want them all now. 00:46:52.000 --> 00:46:56.000 USA 00:46:56.000 --> 00:46:60.000 we all want rights for the right 00:47:00.000 --> 00:47:04.000 for the black or the Japanese, we want 00:47:04.000 --> 00:47:08.000 our rights as the same 00:47:08.000 --> 00:47:12.000 human race. 00:47:12.000 --> 00:47:16.000 That way I believe and I can say, 00:47:16.000 --> 00:47:21.000 but in order to get there we 00:47:21.000 --> 00:47:24.000 have to rise 00:47:24.000 --> 00:47:28.000 above the expectations of 00:47:28.000 --> 00:47:32.000 people in the community. We have to show 00:47:32.000 --> 00:47:36.000 them that we are better 00:47:36.000 --> 00:47:40.000 than what we are expected 00:47:40.000 --> 00:47:44.000 Thank you so much for allowing me to speak. 00:47:44.000 --> 00:47:48.000 applause 00:47:48.000 --> 00:47:51.000 applause 00:47:51.000 --> 00:47:56.000 I have five minutes, and I want to leave my five minutes 00:47:56.000 --> 00:47:60.000 five minutes right? Five minutes. 00:48:00.000 --> 00:48:04.000 Four minutes, sorry, 00:48:04.000 --> 00:48:08.000 I want to open it up to questions. 00:48:08.000 --> 00:48:12.000 It seems to me, and to get back at something you said, 00:48:12.000 --> 00:48:16.000 and would you comment on it, it seems like Dr 00:48:16.000 --> 00:48:20.000 MLK and the civil rights movement 00:48:20.000 --> 00:48:24.000 we made progress, we made some progress. We have the voting right acts 00:48:24.000 --> 00:48:28.000 civil rights act, before that took a bite 00:48:28.000 --> 00:48:32.000 out segregation and discrimination, it made sure that people 00:48:32.000 --> 00:48:36.000 could vote and could a cert some political power 00:48:36.000 --> 00:48:40.000 and we are seeing finally a house of representatives 00:48:40.000 --> 00:48:44.000 where women and minorities finally again 00:48:44.000 --> 00:48:48.000 are asserting themselves but it seems to me we are still 00:48:48.000 --> 00:48:52.000 fighting, in many ways we are still fighting the same battle 00:48:52.000 --> 00:48:56.000 in 2019 that DR MLK was fighting 00:48:56.000 --> 00:48:60.000 mostly in the 1960's as you well know. 00:49:00.000 --> 00:49:04.000 It is still a terrible struggle for equality, political, 00:49:04.000 --> 00:49:08.000 economic equality, education equality 00:49:08.000 --> 00:49:12.000 and we are the only country in the world that drives our students 00:49:12.000 --> 00:49:16.000 into 1.2 Trillion dollars worth of debt, 00:49:16.000 --> 00:49:20.000 I am concerned and I think it is difficult for low end 00:49:20.000 --> 00:49:24.000 income people and minorities to even get into school, 00:49:24.000 --> 00:49:28.000 and stay in school. The job market is very week despite this 00:49:28.000 --> 00:49:32.000 bs we hear from the White House, but I keep 00:49:32.000 --> 00:49:36.000 thinking of equality, equality, and I am concerned 00:49:36.000 --> 00:49:40.000 that we are not moving forward 00:49:40.000 --> 00:49:44.000 maybe we are moving backwards again and I am thinking along 00:49:44.000 --> 00:49:48.000 long winded but I would love to have your thoughts on all of that. 00:49:48.000 --> 00:49:52.000 I believe that 00:49:52.000 --> 00:49:56.000 we are at a standstill because 00:49:56.000 --> 00:49:60.000 we all rely on that equality 00:50:00.000 --> 00:50:04.000 is a holistic movement. 00:50:04.000 --> 00:50:08.000 And after a movement 00:50:08.000 --> 00:50:12.000 followed by a watergate 00:50:12.000 --> 00:50:16.000 and then we can all come together 00:50:16.000 --> 00:50:20.000 and fight for this thing together, 00:50:20.000 --> 00:50:24.000 then they will never win. 00:50:24.000 --> 00:50:28.000 But we have to come together and not 00:50:28.000 --> 00:50:32.000 care aout you and me and how we are different, 00:50:32.000 --> 00:50:36.000 how a disabled person has to fight for those 00:50:36.000 --> 00:50:40.000 white or colored person rights, and a colored person 00:50:40.000 --> 00:50:44.000 has to fight for the 00:50:44.000 --> 00:50:48.000 rights of a disabled person. We all 00:50:48.000 --> 00:50:52.000 got to come together 00:50:52.000 --> 00:50:56.000 and not one bit perfect 00:50:56.000 --> 00:50:60.000 equality for our 00:51:00.000 --> 00:51:04.000 equality for 00:51:04.000 --> 00:51:08.000 our own. 00:51:08.000 --> 00:51:12.000 applause. 00:51:12.000 --> 00:51:16.000 You said we need to stop treating 00:51:16.000 --> 00:51:20.000 ourselves and acting like second class citizens, 00:51:20.000 --> 00:51:24.000 I know many people, like people of color 00:51:24.000 --> 00:51:28.000 or anyone who is marginalized struggles at times 00:51:28.000 --> 00:51:32.000 to a shame, how do you propose 00:51:32.000 --> 00:51:36.000 people fight that and fight against shame and fight to 00:51:36.000 --> 00:51:40.000 be proud of who they are. Well I am happy 00:51:40.000 --> 00:51:44.000 with change 00:51:44.000 --> 00:51:48.000 I mean 00:51:48.000 --> 00:51:52.000 here you got me out 00:51:52.000 --> 00:51:56.000 but I 00:51:56.000 --> 00:51:60.000 am not secure with who I am, 00:52:00.000 --> 00:52:04.000 then that area objective 00:52:04.000 --> 00:52:08.000 but when I do not cry and 00:52:08.000 --> 00:52:12.000 at a apartment of a gay 00:52:12.000 --> 00:52:16.000 or disabled man, I could care less 00:52:16.000 --> 00:52:20.000 Of what you think, I am secure 00:52:20.000 --> 00:52:24.000 in me. So it starts with you, 00:52:24.000 --> 00:52:28.000 you have to be ok with who 00:52:28.000 --> 00:52:32.000 you are and let me testify 00:52:32.000 --> 00:52:36.000 that is not easy. It took me 45 00:52:36.000 --> 00:52:40.000 years to get to a point where I 00:52:40.000 --> 00:52:44.000 could care less about what someone thinks 00:52:44.000 --> 00:52:48.000 of me. But guess what I am 00:52:48.000 --> 00:52:52.000 the, laughter 00:52:52.000 --> 00:52:56.000 I could care less 00:52:56.000 --> 00:52:60.000 and you have to get to a point where you 00:53:00.000 --> 00:53:04.000 are ignoring things that people 00:53:04.000 --> 00:53:08.000 say about you. Are there 00:53:08.000 --> 00:53:12.000 any contemporary leaders or authors 00:53:12.000 --> 00:53:16.000 or artist that inspired you and you would encourage us to 00:53:16.000 --> 00:53:20.000 read about. 00:53:20.000 --> 00:53:24.000 To be honest, no one. 00:53:24.000 --> 00:53:28.000 My hero 00:53:28.000 --> 00:53:32.000 is a little woman 00:53:32.000 --> 00:53:36.000 with a sixth grade education 00:53:36.000 --> 00:53:41.000 That lives in Baton Rouge 00:53:41.000 --> 00:53:44.000 Louisiana 00:53:44.000 --> 00:53:47.000 She raised seven kids, 00:53:47.000 --> 00:53:53.000 by herself in the darkness of 00:53:53.000 --> 00:53:57.000 you may never read about her, 00:53:57.000 --> 00:53:60.000 but my mom, 00:54:00.000 --> 00:54:05.000 it was a miracle that I was born, 00:54:05.000 --> 00:54:09.000 and its about doing what it takes, 00:54:09.000 --> 00:54:14.000 to do what needs to be done. 00:54:14.000 --> 00:54:17.000 So thats my hero. 00:54:17.000 --> 00:54:20.000 00:54:20.000 --> 00:54:24.000 Alright so please help me and give another appreciation to Christopher Coleman. 00:54:24.000 --> 00:54:28.000 So much to thank you about again. 00:54:28.000 --> 00:54:32.000 applause 00:54:32.000 --> 00:54:36.000 applause 00:54:36.000 --> 00:54:40.000 I would like to just end the evening and 00:54:40.000 --> 00:54:44.000 she will not love this but thanking Anna Hernandez Hunter who is in the lobby, 00:54:44.000 --> 00:54:48.000 who made this whole evening happen. 00:54:48.000 --> 00:54:52.000 And lastly we would like to thank all of you 00:54:52.000 --> 00:54:56.000 for being a part of this evening celebrating Dr King. The funds and the food 00:54:56.000 --> 00:54:60.000 donated this evening will directly benefit the Western Oregon University food pantry 00:55:00.000 --> 00:55:04.000 and it makes me think of just one of Dr Kings powerful quotes, 00:55:04.000 --> 00:55:08.000 of many. Everybody can be great, because anybody 00:55:08.000 --> 00:55:12.000 can serve. You do not have to have a college degree to serve, 00:55:12.000 --> 00:55:14.000 you do not have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. 00:55:14.000 --> 00:55:19.000 You only need a heart full of bricks, and a soul generated by love, 00:55:19.000 --> 00:55:24.000 By Dr Martin Luther King. Thank you so much everyone have a good night. 00:55:24.000 --> 00:55:28.000 applause 00:55:28.000 --> 00:55:32.000 music 00:55:32.000 --> 00:55:35.000 music