Growing up I would listen to the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A visionary, a prolific speaker. A man who was passionate about humanity. His works and words span the passage of time.

As a child, I was intent to hear the ring of his voice, as story, after story, he would share the message calling us to wake up for there is a revolution happening. He had a dream and that dream is ours to live on and live out. “Nothing will be done until people of goodwill put their bodies and souls into motion..”, says Martin L. King Jr. in this sermon given 4 days prior to being killed.

Yes, it will be a poor people’s campaign. The parable of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man didn’t go to hell because he was rich. He did because he didn’t see his wealth as his opportunity to help those in need (Luke 16:19-31).

On the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day and the step into yet another decade, 1968 has past but the words speak truth to what has still not changed. Let’s wake up and recognize the revolution. Let’s wake up and see our brother. Let us wake up and face injustice in its eyes and remind those eyes of the dream. Let us wake up in hope. Let us wake up and recognize that one day our children also will inherit the world that we create.

As a child, my father shared the stories and I listened and saw the injustices around the world. We have a lot to answer for. We have a lot to do so that our children and their children will find a word that doesn’t just get richer and richer, but people become compassionate towards his fellow man. I listened to the words spoken and I heard it is time to wake up and rise up. #speaklife


O. Stephen is passionate about words and believes that words can Inspire Change, Connect People, Perspectives and their Stories to create new possibilities. A published author through his company Released Expressions Media. He writes daily to experience the power of the written word. He fosters growth through listening and learning to shape perspectives and bridge ideas.

He believes every individual can attain their full potential by Starting with a Word. O. Stephen is leading a movement to inspire people to Release their own Expressions. It is this vision that drives him daily to see others realize their superpower and deliver at work, home and play every day.

An avid Toastmaster and a member of the Toronto Writer’s Collective (TWC), O. Stephen carries his badge as a Mental Health Advocate. These offer him the motivation to stay grounded and be committed to serving the community. He is a dad to two (2) children. He is driven each day to live a life of gratitude and that’s just how he seeks to end each chapter.

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