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#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.

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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

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#Speech4Breakfast: Day 6

Dolores Huerta: “Keynote Address before the Annual Convention of the American Public Health Association”

Read by performer Libby King

Dolores Huerta was an American union leader, labor organizer, and Latino American and Women’s rights activist. She co-founded the National Farm Workers’ Association with Cesar Chavez in 1962, and played a pivotal role in the Delano Grape Strike. The NFW protested through nonviolent means including hunger strikes, boycotts, and marches to improve the working and living conditions of migrant farm laborers. This address, given to the American Public Health Association in 1974, focuses on the need for funding for sustainable healthcare infrastructure serving the Farm Workers’ community.

*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.

We can’t really wait for legislation. You know, there’s a lot of things that we can do right away. I think that the one thing that we’ve learned in our union is that you don’t wait. You just get out and you start doing things. And you do things in such a way that you really help people to lay the foundations that you need. Read More