By Candace Henry

Fifty years ago a man shared his vision with the world for justice toward mankind. Today marks the landmark anniversary of the March on Washington, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. He wasn’t the first to stand up for equality, dignity and unity. His beliefs were not foreign to the oppressed of his time.

Yet, it was his impassioned sermon and his vision for a world where the walls of inequality no longer hold back individual achievement that still resonates with us today. His desire for human justice was placed higher than capitol greed or racial prejudice. It was a vision for the human race to advance.

Today, we celebrate Dr. King’s vision through Empower American Children to enable American youth to live their dreams based on individual talents and strengths. In the effort to keep the dream alive, every young person must own their belief and that belief must resonate in the words, “I am somebody” and “I believe I am somebody special.” Fifty years later the dream must continue.

By providing access to resources and the knowledge to use those resources effectively, we are breaking down the barriers that prevent American youth from reaching their dreams. Our mission is grounded on the following beliefs:

·      We believe that motivation can overcome circumstance.

·      We believe that people are motivated when they can imagine a better life.

·      We believe that dedication to education is a roadmap to future success.

·      We believe that equipping middle and high school students with life principles can improve graduation rates and better prepare them for success in life.

·      We believe students are empowered to learn when they discover their unique talents, potential and ability to contribute.  

Dr. King also reminded us that that we must cooperate in order to thrive. The promise for the future of our youth can only be kept when we work together. As President Obama shared today during a commemoration address on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial:

"That's where courage comes from — when we turn not from each other, or on each other, but towards one another, and we find that we do not walk alone. That's where courage comes from."



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    Candace Henry is a person who believes that all things are possible with imagination, hard work, and a plan or action. In Letters to Obama, she shares her understanding and experiences as she follows her purpose through mentorship.


    August 2013


    Martin Luther King Jr.