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#Speech4Breakfast – Day 15

Grace Lee Boggs – “Building a Movement to Grow Our Souls”

Read by Jermaine Rowe

*We recognize that no figure, group, or movement is without complexity. In highlighting each of these speeches, we seek to honor first and foremost the act of speaking truth to power.

Over the last 60 years I have had the enormous privilege of participating in most of the great humanizing movements of the second half of the last century: labor, civil rights, black power, women’s, Asian American, environmental justice, antiwar. Each was a tremendously transformative experience, expanding my understanding of what it means to be an American and a human being, and challenging me to keep deepening my thinking about how to bring about radical social change. However, I cannot recall any previous period when the issues were so basic, so interconnected and so demanding of everyone living in this country, regardless of  race, ethnicity, class, gender, age  or national origin. Read More

#Speech4Breakfast Day 14 – bell hooks

bell hooks – Speech at the International Women’s Convocation

Read by Jessica Almasy

*We recognize that no figure, group, or movement is without complexity. In highlighting each of these speeches, we seek to honor first and foremost the act of speaking truth to power.

A couple of years ago my sister—one of my five sisters—died unexpectedly. She was 62 years old We were all just shocked. She seemed very well. I had seen her and had good times. But she fell and when she went to the doctor it turned out she had lung cancer. On the way here, I was reading some information from the Lung Cancer Foundation and found out lung cancer kills more women than breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer combined. I was stunned by that. And I knew that lung cancer has been a very leading cause of death for many black women.     Read More

#TEAMprimer Morning Commutes

Four members of #TEAMprimer share snapshots from their journeys to rehearsal.

Em Watson (digital content producer)

“My commute video after I thought I had videoed an empty platform having Just missed a train 😊” – Meliora Dockery (performer)

Brittany Coyne (company manager)

 

Jake Margolin (performer)

#Speech4Breakfast: Day 10

Chief Arvol Looking Horse – “Address at the Parliament of the World’s Religions”

Read by Joan Henry

*We recognize that no figure, group, or movement is without complexity. In highlighting each of these speeches, we seek to honor first and foremost the act of speaking truth to power.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, appointed at the age of 12, he is the youngest person to hold this responsibility. He is widely recognized as the spiritual leader of all three branches of the Sioux Tribe. This speech was given to the Spotlight of Indigenous People’s Plenary at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, an annual convening of the world’s religious and spiritual communities.

Matakeh oyasee apetuklee chate watche petusaplee.

It is the highest honor to be here. Are we having fun? We come from the heart of mother earth, chesappa, the black hills of South Dakota, there we do many ceremonies. This is where the White Buffalo Calf Woman brought the sacred pipe 19 generations ago. Every generation is over 100 years. That’s how old our elders were. They lived that long and today I am the 19th generation keeper of the Sacred Pipe. Read More