Speeches satisfy three points towards Academics for LEAP Certification.
/// My Final Speech for Women’s Speechcraft Workshop ///
Theme: Who’s Got Your Back?
“They say that it is a man’s world, but you can’t prove that by me” – Aretha Franklin sang those words in 1967, on her album, I Never Loved a Man the Way that I Love You.
Now, I don’t know what type of love Aretha was referring to, but I think there is a special bond between a father and a daughter. An unspoken agreement to have each other’s backs. A love that will never be comparable to any other…
My father and I have this bond.
From an early age, I was my father’s fishing buddy. He would take me out the J-buoy, where the mouth of the river meets open water, and we would just sit there.., baking under the sun for hours… He would help me bait my hook, and help me get the fish off my line…
Well… Until I was fifteen – then he decided if I was going to fish, I was old enough to do those things myself.
My father always challenged me to “Do it myself”.
He taught me how to do many things, like how to jump start a car… change a tire.., hit a baseball, shoot a gun.., and even snorkel for lobster in the Florida Keys. Heck, my dad even taught me how to run wire through an attic (Which shows you how long I’ve been his buddy, since we don’t ordinarily run wires anymore).
I remember there was this night, as he drove me home from one of our crazy adventures, he looked over at me and said, “One day, Wright Security will be yours and your brothers. And I know you are a girl, but you are going to have to know how to conduct yourself in business.”
The words shocked me. I mean… What business did I have being in business?… But this was Daddy’s way of issuing me another challenge.
I need to be able to prove that it’s not a man’s world.
I need to be able to support myself – defend myself –and uplift myself.
So, as I close, I extend this challenge to you.
Live by Aretha’s lullaby. They may say that it’s a man’s world, but don’t let them prove that by you.
– Thank you.
*This satisfies three points towards Academics*