Always Remember: You Have a Voice

“All I have is a voice.”
―W.H. Auden

We live in a country that values freedom of speech.  However, sometimes society has stopped young people, especially students, from expressing that freedom, which ultimately stops them from expressing their thoughts and ideas and who they are as an individual.  What we need to always remember is that, each and every one of us has a voice.  It’s a voice that needs and that should be heard and seen.  Our voice is our own self-expression.

But, why is it so important?  Why does having a voice in our society even matter?  It’s the power, bravery, and freedom that comes along with using your voice that makes it all entirely crucial.

With the strong use of expression comes significant change.  If you look back on our great moments in history, incredible events were caused through the voices of a generation that wanted change for their future.

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Martin Luther King Jr. wanted a change for equality for every individual despite their skin color.  His voice led thousands to the hope of freedom during the African American Civil Rights Movement with his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963.

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Hilary Clinton used her voice to let the entire country be aware of her belief that women’s rights are human rights in her speech given on September 5, 1995 in Beijing at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women.  It was a speech that was groundbreaking in the women’s rights movement.

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And in response to Hilary Clinton’s claim that his well versed speeches essentially don’t mean anything back in February 2008, Barack Obama delivered one of his great speeches stating that, “It’s true that speeches don’t solve all problems. But what is also true is if we cannot inspire the country to believe again, then it doesn’t matter how many policies and plans we have. Don’t tell me words don’t matter.”

Words do matter.  Using your voice does matter.  So, how can you use your voice today in 2014?

Salem State’s Student Government Association (SGA) is looking for new student senator to help make changes around our school.

Guidelines to becoming a student senator:

1. Be a full-time, day student
2. Go though an in-person interview with the current SGA Executive Board (interviews will take place on 1/30 and 1/31)

Want to make a change in your school? Use YOUR voice now and apply to become part of SGA for Salem State!

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Email Alliane Hughes at ahughes@salemstate.edu or stop in the SGA office ECC 102.  But apply fast! Deadline for this opportunity is Wednesday 1/29 at 4:30pm.

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