I believe that conversations can change our culture...
Conversations have the power to change cultures. Webster’s dictionary defines culture as: the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time.
As an American, I’m part of unique culture. What Americans hold dear, the things we deem a privilege or consider oppressive, the ideals we value and the aspirations of our constitution are ours alone.
As an African-American woman, I exist in two additional sub-cultures that are complete with their own progresses, pains and struggles. As a follower of Christ I am part of a global culture of Christianity.
Cultures have the potential to be influenced and changed. Joan of Arc changed culture through her brave faith. Fredrick Douglass challenged the culture of institutional slavery through his abolitionist work. Everyday teachers, ministers, artists and activists shift the culture in which they live.
What do we need to bring about cultural change today? The path to our progress includes people brave enough to think, speak, and act against the status quo. It starts with a thought, expressed through a conversation, leading to an action, which followed by one, then another, can bring gradual, and hopefully lasting change. This is the recipe for a cultural revolution.