This past Sunday, the first annual Global Citizen Festival took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The festival was put on by Global Citizen, a non-profit that hosts events with the goal of stopping the crippling poverty that effects far too much of the world. The event brought celebrities from around the world, including Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah, and Eddie Vedder, on the 100th birthday of former South African president and philanthropist Nelson Mandela.
Oprah Winfrey gave the keynote speech on Mandela’s legacy.
Sing your song. Sing it loud, and sing in your own voice your own way. Sing it from the space you hold right now, and you can make the kind of joyful noise that turns hope into action for someone who is not as blessed as you have been. Let me tell you, no matter what’s going down in your life, there’s always somebody out there who’s not as blessed as you have been.
If you do even one small thing every day, you’ll be building your own legacy. Because as Maya Angelou taught me: Your legacy isn’t some big grand gesture that’s waiting to happen, your legacy is every life you touch. So I’ve been fortunate to witness up close and personal that when you help someone else, your blessings return to you 10 times.
You can hear the rest of the powerful speech below or read the transcript here: