Walking Tall

In the midst of passionate, empowered and successful women at last Friday’s Pennsylvania Conference for Women, only one woman sent chills down my spine and tears down my cheeks. Linda Cliatt-Wayman.

Cliatt-Wayman is the principal of Strawberry Mansion High School which sits in an impoverished North Philadelphia neighborhood. The school was featured on ABC’s Nightline earlier this year and highlighted the steps Cliatt-Wayman is taking to turn the school around. Please watch the video but make sure you have tissues nearby as your heart will be torn apart.

I hope ultimately her emotional speech at the PA Conference for Women is put on the conference website and/or YouTube as her intense love for her students and passion for change are undeniable and will inspire many.

Cliatt-Wayman shared that when she got the call to speak at the conference, she thought the organizers must have made a mistake. She asked herself why would they want her to speak on the same stage as Hillary Clinton?

It struck me in that moment that we “regular” people sometimes forget that we too are doing good. We are making a difference in our worlds. We are worthy to speak on the same stage as Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Judge Glenda Hatchet. We too have a message to share. We too can inspire. We may not be world renowned but our sweat, tears, passion and love give us the right. Let us not be intimidated but walk tall.

“Walk tall, kick ass, learn to speak Arabic, love music and never forget you come from a long line of truth seekers, lovers and warriors. – Hunter S. Thompson