On Monday, January 21st, 2019, the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio went to the 39th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast held by The Inland Empire Concerned African-American Churches (IECAAC) hosted at Cal State San Bernardino. IECAAC is a group of local Baptist churches, whose mission is to continue in the legacy of Dr. King, by promoting equal rights and fair treatment for African-Americans.
The event had many inspirational speakers, local African-American owned businesses. The American Red Cross was also in attendance doing a blood drive. There were many preachers doing sermons about the importance of community and looking out for one another. Just like in Girl Scouts. As Girl Scouts we help out our community and help each other thrive by teaching each other new ideas to expand our knowledge.
Treesje Thomas is an inspirational speaker out of the Inland Empire. She became a speaker when a higher calling told her she needed to empower others with her uplifting words of confidence. She uses poetry to deliver her messages because, it had saved her from anxiety and depression. It also allowed her to speak without fear.
Brandon Allen was also an inspirational speaker at the event. He grew up uninspired, with a muted voice. He now does inspirational speeches to declare his voice and give others the strength to let their own voices be heard. Treesje and Brandon spoke together during the breakfast. They spoke of equal rights for all. It was very enlightening because, even through all the progress that’s been made since Dr. King’s time, there’s still a lot of room for improvement in today’s society. By sharing our stories and continuing to help one another we are improving and being more open. As Girl Scouts, we inspire others to do the very best they can and putting your best foot forward and just giving reassurance that you do have the power to be or do anything you want or be whoever you want.
I didn’t know how I would feel going into an event like that. As a young woman in today’s world, I only know how things are and not how they were. Dr. King’s legacy and the importance of his message and the things he was fighting for changed the course of America for the better.