Monday, May 08, 2006

Movie for Students and Teachers

"AKEELAH and the BEE": There was a scene where the girl is asked to read a quotation by Nelson Mandela on the wall of the office:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech

1 comment:

susan said...


did you see the film? I took my class to an advance screening at the Avalon a week ago. What a wonderful film it was! Thanks for reminding me once again of those glorious words. I used to have them taped to my mirror years ago! See you at the Festival.

Love, Susan

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