Motivational speakers are supposed to be objective. We are supposed to speak about how there is always a window opening when a door closes. We are supposed to speak matter-of-factly that life doesn’t care about our excuses, only our results. We are expected to be apolitical and focus on the […]
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The chosen few are the few who chose To step up and open doors tightly closed So you call yourself a leader, but what does that mean? Getting green, turning green, badly running your team? Sadly killing the dreams of a hopeful teen? Madly willing your ideas, not even listening? Does it mean you celebrate […]
“Leadership ain’t for the lame, don’t take it in vain Time to rethink your position, understand why you came.” These are two lines from a poem on leadership that I often recite when I speak around the world to student leaders. I share this line to underscore two points. The first point is that leadership […]
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Get your violins out, your flutes and cellos As I recount my days back in Monticello The year America breaks from Europe’s chains I’m still a slave shackled in America’s chains And I’ll make it plain I was more than a slave A founding father found me and he couldn’t behave Y’all can call him […]
When you educate a girl, you save the nation When you teach girls to lead, they become our salvation Digging wells isn’t just about digging holes When a community is nourished, you’ve nourished its soul Malaika Malaika, Swahili for angel YOU are Malaika, helping girls succeed from every angle Creating change agents for tomorrow By […]
I’m a preexisting condition because I was born I breathed I sneezed I wheezed I coughed I delivered I was born I loved I worshipped I immigrated I crawled I walked I marched I talked I yelled I resisted I persisted I served I taught I sought I said my life matters I said my […]
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