On the  50th anniversary of the assassination of American Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. last month, media outlets are replaying segments of his most famous speeches, including the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” prophetic speech he gave in Memphis, Tennessee the night before his death. Listening to his hopeful reminder that “Only in the darkness can you see the stars,” I found myself thinking of the new stars that are shining fresh light on today’s darkness. 

Today’s social justice warriors are: 

Grieving high school students fighting for their lives. 

Outraged athletes taking a knee against racial violence.  

And courageous, young, gymnasts confronting an evil, sexual predator.

I believe that each of us has multiple opportunities throughout our lives to help move humanity forward. Some require only very small steps outside our comfort zones; others, gigantic, scary leaps. I’ve learned that the important thing is to recognize them for what they are: opportunities to help inch humanity forward on the long, moral arc toward justice.  

We have a magnificent, story-telling event in Detroit — The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers — that was created by storyteller, entertainer and truth-seeker Satori Shakoor, with the goal of “Transforming lives one story at time.”

Satori chose Justice & Grace as the theme for last month’s stories, and gave me the privilege of taking the audience back to the late 1970’s and early 80’s when I was one of the first female, TV sports reporters to walk through the doors of professional sports locker rooms. To come with me, click here. 

When opportunities to make a positive difference knock for you, I hope you will open the door and let them in. And after you do, share your story. Because, it will inspire others to find their courage, as well.  

ANNE DOYLE is a Global Speaker, Journalist and Mother. Her book, POWERING UP! is a field guide for women who have already “leaned in” and are “powering up” to leadership roles. Doyle has been on the front lines of women’s progress for over four decades – as a pioneering TV news and sports broadcaster, auto executive, and elected official.  As a respected advocate for women and girls, she has raised awareness on five continents, including work for the U.S. State Department in Saudi Arabia, Trinidad, and Spain. Most recently, she spoke at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Conference in Washington, D.C.   

To learn more about Anne Doyle go to www.annedoylestrategies.com