Warm greetings from sunny Florida.
As a social activist for affirmative action, justice and corporate & governmental accountability I am delighted you are seeking a speaker for your Black History Month Celebration. I had the honor and distinct privilege of meeting Rev. Bernice King (Dr. Martin Luther King's daughter) in southern California when she spoke at our church.
Many of the freedoms and civil liberties we possess in America today came about as a result of black leaders who peaceably and perseveringly pioneered a path to the promised land liberating all of mankind. The black heritage and history in America is therefore rich and enduring.
Today in the spirit of Dr. King we must continue to work to maintain the Civil Rights our forefathers won for us. Truly civil rights violations continue to occur in America:
- The New York police murder of an unarmed African American groom at his bachelor party.
- The boot camp beating leading to the death of a 14 year old African American boy here in Florida.
- The University of Florida student who asked Senator John Kerry an undesirable question and was removed from the venue and tasered by campus security.
As for me I was raised by a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army (my beloved grandfather) and therefore understand the militaristic mindset when it comes to dealing with terrorism. Yet before we battle abroad, it seems there is much work and many battles still to be fought at home to secure and sustain the civil rights of our own people presently being taken advantage of and denied justice on a daily basis.
If Martin Luther King were alive today, he would continue to cry out against such injustice. The modernization of the world and global means of world travel has brought us closer together economically, technologically and via our entertainment.
I have been to Africa five times, having slept in a tent in the bush within war torn countries for months and been so deep into the bush where electricity doesn't exist and some had never before seen a white man. Thus I intimately know the plight of Africans abroad and within the homeland (the latter through my work in the inner city as a minister and through prison ministry among inmates).
Emancipation legally has come, but for transformation to occur illumination within and the fight of faith must be fought individually to ensure progression to the promised land Dr. King saw and dreamed of for us all.
Had Dr. King and other Civil RIghts leaders remained silent, everybody in America would be enslaved regardless of the color of our skin. Because where oppression exists in shades and degrees, it can bleed and spead to burden all of humanity.
I wish for you the heart, strength, inspiration, fire and burning desire of Dr. King to continue to carry the torch of light in a dark and desperate world thirsting for prophetic leaders full of courage and boldness lift up their voices to champion for civil rights for all.
Paul F Davis
Paul F. Davis is the author of 17 books and a worldwide speaker who has touched over 55 countries & 6 continents building bridges cross-culturally by joyfully disarming and empowering people throughout the earth to live their dreams!
Paul’s incredible depth and powerful stories from around the world, entertain and inspire audiences making Paul a captivating speaker able to awaken the greatness within us all.
Paul speaks for Celebrity Cruises and has appeared on numerous international broadcasts from Investors Business Daily, Oprah & Friends to Fox News to talk about success, leadership, relational intricacies, conflict resolution, life balance, and living your dreams. By reason of his global travels, Paul is a highly sought after diversity and multicultural awareness speaker.
Playboy Radio Afternoon Advice host Tiffany Granath calls Paul an awesome relational coach and recommends his books on love, dating, and sexuality.
Paul worked at Ground Zero in NYC during 9-11; helped rebuild a home at the tsunami epicenter; comforted victims of genocide in Rwanda; spoke to leaders in East Timor during the war; inspired students & monks in Myanmar; promoted peace & reconciliation in Pakistan; and has been so deep into the bush of rural Africa where villagers had never before seen a white man.
A breakthrough leader, Paul humorously and elegantly transforms individuals and organizations, while empowering people to love passionately and fearlessly live their dreams.
Diversity & Multiculturalism Speaker