The Ripple Effect of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

The Ripple Effect of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland


This is a day of affirmation – a
celebration of liberty. The first element of this individual liberty is the freedom
of speech; the right to express and communicate ideas; Hand-in-hand with
freedom of speech goes the power to be heard – to share in the decisions of
government which shape men’s lives. Everything that makes man’s life
worthwhile – family, work, education, a place to rear
one’s children, and a place to rest one’s head – all this depends on the decisions
of government; Therefore the essential humanity of man can be protected and
preserved only where government must answer – not just to the wealthy; not just
to those of a particular religion, not just to those of a particular race; but
to all of the people. Each time a man stands up
for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against
injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a
million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current
which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Like it or not, we live in interesting
times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also the most
creative of any time in the history of mankind and everyone here will
ultimately be judged – will ultimately judge himself – on the effort he has
contributed … The energy the faith the devotion
which we bring to this endeavor will light our country
all who serve it and the glow from that fire can truly LIGHT THE WORLD.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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