Candy Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She was one voice.
Thomas Jefferson, a founding father of the United States. He was one voice.
John F. Kennedy, president of the United States. He was one voice.
Martin Luther King, Jr. ,civil rights leader. He was one voice.
Every person that has instigated change and progress started out as one voice. That’s it. Every opinion which took hold and set the world on fire, metaphorically speaking, started with a single voice.
How many were well known before they spoke out and acted? Not many. How many thought they would change the world? Few. Yet, that is exactly what they did. They spoke out against something that they felt was wrong. They refused to accept that this was the way things were done now. Movements grew from their words and actions. Our world and country was molded and shaped by their words. By one voice.
JOHN F. KENNEDY SAID THAT “ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND EVERYONE SHOULD TRY.”
He was right. Throughout our history, every major societal change was started because one person took the first step. Then others followed, each adding their own voice.
I’ve heard it said that our actions don’t do anything because we are just individuals; that our calls for justice, equality, peace, and dignity go unheard; that no one actually cares about those issues. Our movement proves those things wrong. We have had our rough days and we have sustained losses. Yet, we are still here, still pushing back. So this is the time when each of us needs to speak out and take action.
I’ve also heard it said that we are the wrong people to be pushing forward this cause. To the naysayers, I ask in another’s words “If not me, then who? If not now then when?” I say the time is now and the who is me. I join my one voice to the resistance so that it can become louder. Will you?