At the commencement for Hampshire College, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor delivers a powerful speech, calling for defiance and social revolution against the status quo. An excerpt:
History, struggle, solidarity, and hope. Unto themselves they don't guarantee us a better world, but without them we don't stand a chance. There are never guarantees that we will win in our movements, but really we have nothing to lose but our chains, be they mental, physical or spiritual. A life of activism and struggle can be exhilarating, frustrating, challenging, but always interesting. Keep reading, keep questioning, listen more intently, and learn from the experiences and mistakes of others. Another world is possible, a world free of racism, sexism, transphobia, religious bigotry, a world free of borders is possible, if we are willing to fight for it.
View the entire address below: