Living Respectfully

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
~ Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,
Activist, Politician, Philanthropist, Lawyer,
1st President of South Africa, Philanthropist
Nobel Peace Prize Awardee(1993) & Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee

Prejudice: The Burden

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.”

~ Maya Angelou,
Poet, Civil Rights Activist, Dancer,
Film Producer, Television Producer, Playwright,
Film Director, Author, Actress & Professor

Universal Values

“There should be competition and exchanges between different countries,
but there are certainly certain universal values, and that is freedom and democracy.”
~ Mikhail Gorbachev
President of the Soviet Union (3.15.1990 – 12.25.1991), General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (3.11.1985 – 8.24.1991),
Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (5.25.1989 – 3.15.1990), Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (10.1.1988 – 5.25.1989),
Co-Author, Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development (1988), Nobel Peace Prize (1990), Ronald Reagan Freedom Award (1992),
University of Louisville, Kentucky Grawemeyer Award (1994), Portuguese President Mário Soares’ Grand-Cross of the Order of Liberty (1995),
National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award (1998), Dublin City Council Freedom of the City of Dublin (2002),
Charles V Prize by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation (2002),
Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children (2004 – Gorbachev, Sophia Loren & Bill Clinton) & Point Alpha Prize (2005)
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Dreaming a Life into Reality

“Happiness comes from the freedom and capability to dream a life into reality.”
~ Justin Alexander
Traveler, Outdoorsman, Survivalist & Travel Blogger
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The Flush of Love’s Light

“In the flush of love’s light, we dare be brave.
And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be.
Yet it is only love which sets us free.”

~ Maya Angelou,
Poet, Civil Rights Activist, Dancer,
Film Producer, Television Producer, Playwright,
Film Director, Author, Actress & Professor

Freeing Oneself

“If you are to free yourselves you must break the chains of oppression yourselves.
Only then can we express our dignity, only when we have liberated ourselves can we co-operate with other groups.
Any acceptance of humiliation, indignity or insult is acceptance of inferiority.”
~ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela,
Anti-Apartheid Activist, Politician, First Lady of South Africa (1994–1996), Parliament of South Africa (2009–2018) & (1994–2003)
Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (1994-1996), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award (1985),
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Candace Award (1988),

Something We Should All Celebrate Every Day

“We’re getting ready to sit down at the table and have Thanksgiving,
and there’s people that are not with their families.
There are people that are in dangerous areas, putting their lives on the line
to keep our country free, and I think that’s something we should all celebrate every day.”
~ Guy Fieri,
Restaurateur, Author, Television Host, Hunt & Ryde Winery Owner & Emmy Award
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Proponents of Socialism: Gaining Power Via the Dependency, Disintegration, Decay, & Death of People

“We must remember that nations that choose socialism suffer the slow and agonizing
death of moral and cultural decay and disintegration. Why?
Because the high priests of socialism who offer the temptations of statist programs and benefits
aren’t seeking the welfare of their people. Socialism at its heart is atheistic and has no moral compass.
Its lifeblood is power—power gained through dependency, and
once dependency is accomplished, socialism becomes the great destroyer!
It destroys:
Wealth
Dignity
Faith
Family
Freedom
We cannot allow our beloved nation to go down the path of totalitarian states.”
~ Frank Wright, PH.D.,
President & CEO – D. James Kennedy Ministries

Our Ideal of Freedom & Justice

“The Declaration of Independence was always our vision of who we wanted to be,
our ideal of freedom and justice, how we were going to be different,
and what the American experiment was going to be about.”
~ Marian Wright Edelman,
Children’s Rights Activist, Author, President Emerita & Founder – Children’s Defense Fund, Candace Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women (1982), MacArthur Fellowship (1985), Barnard Medal of Distinction (1985), Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa Bates College (1986), Albert Schweitzer Prize -Humanitarianism (1988), Jefferson Awards – Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged (1991), Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award (1992), National Women’s Hall of Fame (1993), Community of Christ International Peace Award (1995), Heinz Award – Human Condition (1996),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2000), The National Women’s History Project Women’s History Honorees (2004),
Stanford University Rathbun Visiting Fellow (2011)