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Saturday, January 28, 2012

My MLK Speech---10:50 a.m. ---01/28/2012

Hey readers,

Just a quick update before I get started. My book is in the editing process, however it is still scheduled to be on sale next month. A lot of you have purchased Part 1, and since I published the first half as an Ebook, I will do the same for the second half, so you don't have to buy the entire book over just to read the second half. For those of you who haven't bought a copy, I will also make the entire book available as an Ebook, and also in print through createspace. By the way, I finally got my facebook page up and running. Queen Breean is my personal page, Breean is my fan page, so make sure you go like it. Also, they are both under my customizing process, so they may be kind of off as of right now, but please disregard the mess until further notice. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Anywhoo, this post is not meant for me to go on and on about my book. I am a writer, and I don't only write adult fiction, so I wanted to show you some of the things that I write outside of that genre. In my last post, I informed you about my upcoming speech at the Martin Luther King Birthday Breakfast. Normally, I don't toot my on horns, but after I got over my terrible nerves, I rocked it. The event made the front cover. Despite the fact that they butchered my name, quoted me slightly incorrectly, and took a picture of me that made me look even shorter than I am, I was still very proud to once again be in the Enterprise for a positive reason. The following is a copy of my speech in its entirety. Let me now how you like it.

"A Challenge to be Empowered to Serve"
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love."
Growing up, I was always taught to practice what I preached. Meaning that I should not tell others what they need to do, if I cannot lead a life of example. Dr. King definitely practiced what he preached. He wanted us to take a nonviolent approach and stand up for what is right, like he did.
Dr. King truly exemplified a heart of grace and a soul generated by love. He was not a laid back person; he was a bold leader. Never did he grow lazy and ignore something that was wrong; so why do we do it? Why can't we help others with anything? Why can't we help our elders when we see them in public struggling? What happened to "yes 'mam," "yes 'sir," "excuse me," "please," "thank you," and "you're welcome?" How do we, as the future of tomorrow, have the nerve and the audacity to curse, and disrespect our elders, when it was their generation who fought for us so we can be where we are today? If it wasn't for God working through them back then, we wouldn't have what we have today. We would still be segregated and looked down upon.
Last week on Inside Edition, I watched a group of hockey fans beat a veteran just because he was wearing a jersey for the opposing team. Of course, they didn't know he was a veteran, but they did know he was a human being. Like everyone else, he has the right to support any team he wants, no matter whose territory he chooses to set foot on. Spectators just walked by like nothing was happening. One of the assailants was bold enough to post the video on the Internet and say, "It was me and my friends. Do something about it." Really? Are some people really that nonchalant that they wouldn't bother to even call an ambulance?
If Dr. King had enough love and compassion for his fellow man to die for an issue as big as racism, then why can't we stand up for something as small as bullying and the belittlement of others just because they don't have what you have? You don't know what that person has to go home to. So instead of teasing your peers, why don't you thank God for your blessings and go bless someone else.
I know it was a little before my time, but the death of Dr. King still affects me today, but let's not dwell on how he died. Let's celebrate his life. Let's remember what he was about. Dr. King once said, "Our lives end the day we become silent about the things that matter. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. The time is always right to do what is right."
Today is our day off, but it shouldn't be. Let us honor what Dr. King stood for and serve.

Thank You
Until next time my faithful readers...

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