“Justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

I had a plan. I wanted to graduate from this great institution (JMU) next May with a degree in Public Relations. Specifically, I hoped to launch into the sports world, and do media relations for a sports team. In my dream world this team would be either the Philadelphia Eagles or the Phillies. Sometime during this past semester, I found myself questioning my strategically formulated “plan.”

I started questioning things not because I no longer liked Public Relations, or because of a lack of passion for sports, instead I found myself grasping for a plan that includes helping others. After reading the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his letter from Birmingham Jail, I gained perspective on this new-found desire to serve.

He so eloquently wrote “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.

I am a white female with access to higher education. It is mere circumstance that I am a woman, that I am white, and that I live in the great nation of America. Elsewhere, in the world’s poorest communities, girls and women bear the brunt of poverty, are abused, raped and receive great prejudice. What injustice. 

I want nothing more to dedicate my life to helping others.

Dan Cumberland says “When you find your voice, you don’t find some new thing inside of you; instead you find a little more of you. You find a little more freedom to speak, express, and to let yourself be heard. You find that your voice isn’t anywhere other than inside of you or anyone else than who you are.”

I guess, this week I have found great comfort. I have comfort in knowing that no matter the career path I seek, I have my voice. Wherever I end up, be that with the Fighting Phils’ or elsewhere I will speak up, for my voice is enough; it is good enough to make a change. Even if my plan changes dramatically (there’s always clown school) I pledge to stand up for injustice. Because as Dr. King said “justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” 

-Ally

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