I’ve recently been reading a lot about Ella Parker, community organizer and civil rights activist. Her life’s work and theory on leaders inspires me. She said, “You didn’t see me on television, you didn’t see news stories about me. The kind of role that I tried to play was to pick up pieces or put together pieces out of which I hoped organizations might come. My theory is Strong people don’t need strong leaders.”
As election time approaches, we are about to decide who will be our next leader and chief. Given the chaotic atmosphere that has come with this presidential campaign, many are weary about who that will be.
We believe in freedom for all of us. We work for systemic change that addresses the underlying causes of poverty and oppression and oftentimes we look to our leaders and elected officials to make it happen.
Regardless of who is elected, I hope we will remember and be inspired by the wise words of Ms. Baker. It’s not all about the leaders. It’s about power to the people to make change! We are the ones who will work tirelessly for equity. We are the ones who will find ways to change oppressive systems and make sure our freedom is preserved . We are the ones who will find a way to shed light on the truth and make sure that light finds its way to inspire others to continue on this journey toward justice.
Because we who believe in freedom shall not rest, regardless of who sits in the big seat.
Will you sing with me?
Appalachian Community Fund