When I first wrote Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, I was hoping the reader would discover a world of higher purpose, a world of action, a world “beyond self.”
Every now and then something or someone emulates the spirit of Corporation YOU.
Recently, it was Taraji P. Henson and her emotional speech while receiving The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
“This story is about unity,” Henson said, praising the movie’s real-life heroes: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson, three African-American women who played a major part in getting the first man in space, as they calculated the mathematical data needed to get John Glenn in orbit.
“Without them we would not know how to reach the stars,” Henson said about the three real-life women. “These women did not complain about the problems, their circumstances, the issues, we know what was going on in that era, they didn’t complain. They focused on solutions. Therefore, these brave women helped put men into space.”
Henson did not just honor Johnson, Vaughn and Jackson with her words. “We can not also forget these brave men who worked with us,” she added. “God rest his soul in peace, John Glenn!”
“This story is what happens when we put our differences aside and we come together as a human race,” she said. “We win. Love wins. Every time.”
Watch the entire speech below:
James Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.