For years I’ve interviewed actors, singers, writers, producers and others in the world of entertainment. Creative visionaries they may be, but they’re not the only people in this life whom have a voice. We all have a voice. It’s up to us in how we use that voice.
Recently I was watching the old movie, “Remember The Titans”, where actor Denzel Washington was responsible for taking a high school football team to the championships for a first time in the school history.
Getting to the championship was definitely a fight, but the greater fight was for an African American coach to function in a predominately White environment. The players had their fights, the head coach had his fight and the community struggled to make a critical decision about discrimination during a period in history when it wasn’t popular to accept African Americans as their brothers and sisters.
Despite the anger that often plagued the racial differences made popular during the period in question, Denzel Washington’s character never gave up on his mission to take the Titans to the top. To sum up the movie, playing football as a team made up of black and white players gave the young men an opportunity to discover their voice thru football. This taught discipline and endurance of not only football, but in how to use their talents as a collective voice to draw the community and others.
In many of our communities today, many of our young people have never been taught about the power they have or the voice they have. Many are never taught that they can do anything they put their minds too, and can accomplish anything if given the opportunity.
For sure, opportunity is always the major factor, but that should not hinder young people from working hard to be the best that they can be. Lack of opportunity should force them to push to get what they want and rightfully deserve. In short, we all have a voice and with that voice life is possible, all we have to do is put forth an effort- to simply try. God will take care of the rest.