United We Stand

Good morning everyone, I hope you are having a good start to your week.  Last night you guys miss an incredible speaker at United We Stand in Velzy.  The speaker was Monti Washington and he was amazing.

He first talked about how his mother was a prostitute and how his father doesn’t know he exists.  Then how he was bullied in group homes, abused in foster homes, and always told he would amount to anything because “He aint shit”.  His biggest message to us was, you could be the smartest person in the world but if everyone tells you are stupid and you believe them, they will be right.  You have to believe in yourself and have great confidence in yourself.

The most emotional part of the night is when he turned off the lights and asked certain questions and if that question applied to you, you stood up. This exercise was at the end and it was to show that people came from all different back grounds.  People have different stories and they might not look like their stories.  For example, Monti does not look like a person who grew up on the streets and was abused.  The best thing to take from this is to never “judge a book by it’s cover” and make sure you always know if you put in the effort and confidence you can achieve anything.

  • Austin
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