I wanted to connect with you on Martin Luther King’s birthday because it’s so important to remember – and to celebrate – the power of a single voice.
Maybe, like me, you get discouraged by all of the discord in our country and around the world. Maybe you feel powerless sometimes. If you need some proof to know just how much one voice can make a difference, listen to this performance by gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, who (along with Odetta, Joan Baez and others) sang at the March on Washington in 1963 with Dr. King.
“And all the speeches in the world couldn’t have brought the response that just came from the hymns she sang.” according to Roger Mudd, covering the speech for CBS news.
According to the New York Times, Mahalia Jackson also changed the content of the speech Dr. King delivered. Towards the end of his talk, he put down his notes and had begun to improvise when Ms. Jackson called out to him “Tell them about the dream, Martin!”
You never know how much impact your voice will have – whether you’re singing, or speaking, or encouraging others. What you CAN do is make sure your voice is ready to be heard. And that’s exactly what I want to help you do.
Celebrate MLK Birthday by making a joyful noise! And if you need help finding your unique, powerful, healthy and expressive voice, contact me for a private voice consultation.