We were inspired.
"At the early stages because I had to fight for a decent role or just to even be considered, there were a number of issues that I felt I needed to address and so I opted to use my career as my platform. For young Black women, they have to understand that there is no reason why anything you choose to do in this world, you cannot do. If you can be Black and live in this world, you can be anything you want to be.
One day at a time, Sweet Jesus. I was told I have three minutes to speak.... (took me three minutes to get up here.) I thank this entire audience for all the support you have given me over the years. I want to say to the young women here tonight: the moment anyone tries to demean or degrade you in any way, you have to know how great you are. No one is going to bother to put you down if you were not a threat to them. One of the things that I urge you to do, Do unto others as you will have them do unto you, Respect yourself and the world will respect you. Respect elders. Remember that we are standing NOT on their shoulders but on their backs. You have to understand that we are the seeds of the work of our elders."