Why I love you.

I do not have a lot of heroes, but one of them is Bayard Rustin. A really visionary and courageous guy. I wish that his story, his work, his life were more well known. A true pioneer…there should be monuments.

I presented yesterday at the SHRM Annual Conference on The Future of Diversity and Inclusion: 5 Next Practices, and I was reminded how much I love being a part of the “band of angelic troublemakers” that Rustin talked about.

It was a truly delightful 75 minutes in a room buzzing with energy and hope and potential.

Diversity and Inclusion work is inherently against the grain and I just cannot help myself but love the people that have chosen or been chosen by this work. Martin Luther King Jr. said “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” I have tattooed the words of Walt Whitman on my forearm to better remember “Resist much. Obey little.”

I do not know who you are or why you read this, but I am happy you are here. Lets do more. Lets make more trouble.

Be good to yourselves, and be good to each other.

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Joe - I feel equally inspired by you as you do Bayard... Trouble Loves Company! Your presentations at #SHRM14 were highly insightful. Keep fighting the good fight!

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