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Courage, Kindness, Advocacy From Rosa and Dr. King

Feb 11 / Scott Palasik


Growing up, two of my biggest inspirations that taught me how to advocate was Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With the best interest of society in mind, their dedication to others seemed to be at the heart of their actions.

 As a speech-language pathologist, part of our job is to advocate for others we serve. We must make sure the clients and families we help are safe, armed with information, and be the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves. 

 

It can be scary to speak out, especially when you are the lonely voice of reason. However, that is where courage can take us beyond the point of fear and lead us to what matters; what is right. 

 

We all know the story of Rosa Parks, she refused to give up her seat to a white man based on race alone. For Rosa, it was not simply the loss of her seat on a bus. It was about her rights being taken from her, and the lack of equality promised by Thomas Jefferson. All men are created equal. If I could amend Mr. Jefferson’s carefully written words in the Declaration of Independence, I would say, “all people are created equal.” 

 

Rosa Parks was instrumental in changing rules. She was part of the movement, so that anyone could sit anywhere. She advocated stopping separate water foundations and elevators. She also helped improve education in an effort of equality for all children. No matter what color the child may be, every child deserves a quality education based not on the color of one’s skin, ever! 

 

One blog is not enough space to tell Rosa Park’s story and is certainly not enough space for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

 

I have watched and listened to Dr. King’s old speeches countless times over the years. Something I glean from his powerful speeches is his unbelievable ability to find the right words to tap into basic human kindness and compassion for all individuals. 

 

If you listen to or read his speeches or writings, you will notice the message is to change the world by being kinder. In other words, “love they neighbor.” A simple philosophy that anyone can understand. 

 

Both Rosa Parks and Dr. King dared to see that our country was far from complete. There was a gaping hole in the equality and equity of our citizens. They used their words and actions to improve how people were treated. They advocated for everyone to be equal under the same flag and world, for we all share the fundamental rights to be a human. 

 

I will forever be grateful for the individuals who demonstrate that love and kindness can be the strongest advocating skills one can practice. 

 

Thank you, Rosa Parks and Dr. King. You will be forever appreciated and loved for what you brought to the world. 


Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate. That IS the 3C way!

With compassion and kindness,

~ Scott Palasik

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About the blogger

Scott Palasik, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Scott values compassion and kindness toward himself and others. He values honesty and the power of creative expression. With these core values, Scott chose to pursue a life of helping others with communication disorders as a skilled Speech-Language Pathologist.

As a person who stutters, Scott has seen the ups and downs of struggling with daily communication and what comes with trying to manage the negative perceptions both internally and externally about communication disorder.

With 3C, Scott hopes to spread the idea that we can all support each other with education, collaboration of ideas, and to help us all build social capital for an accepting and caring community of communicators.

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