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When Silence Doesn’t Make Sense

When I was asked to issue an official statement on the racial injustices many African Americans are currently facing and have for too long, I was ready. I didn’t know what I would say and could barely verbalize how hurt. And even afraid I felt, but I had to say something.

Silence Doesn't Make Sense

In the past few weeks, I have spoken to my fellow board members for the University of Memphis, my fellow leaders in Black NSA (National Speakers Association). My friends, and many people of different races are tired of the atrocities like the one the world just witnessed with the murder of George Floyd.

One thing we all have in common is that we recognize that we cannot be silent. We also realize the responsibility we ALL have. And I am grateful to see how many people recognize the power of their voices however they are expressed.

Regardless of your race, age, background, career, title or even what you consider your level of influence. What you say and do in this moment speaks volumes- especially if you say or do nothing.

So how will you use your voice?

Because silence is just not an option for any of us who truly want liberty and justice for all.



I’m Summer Owens, and my passion is helping youth and young adults realize success no matter what obstacles they face. As an international resilience and leadership keynote speaker, author, S.O. What! Success Coach, and creator of the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum, I empower people to say, “So what!” to even their greatest challenges.  provide a framework to help people see past their challenges and focus on solutions using the S.O. What! Success System (Overcome Obstacles + Eliminate Excuses + Calculate Choices = S.O. What! Success). Through keynotes, workshops, books, online courses, and workbooks, I use life’s challenges and my own story of resilience as a rape survivor and teen mom success story to help others confidently pursue their dreams.

Looking for an inspiring college motivational speaker? A high school literacy curriculum? A middle school life skills workbook? A great example for teen mothers? A women’s empowerment or single mother’s conference speaker?  I’m your girl and will help any audience say, “S.O. What!”.