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Struggles that continue to this day

 
映画Selmaの主題歌はアカデミー賞で演奏されていたんですね。TOEIC的には曲紹介の前振りを押さえておきたいでしょうか。



Forty-seven years ago the Oscars telecast was postponed for the first time in the history not because of some technical problems or bad weather but out of respect for altogether different force of nature, Dr. Martin Luther King who was gunned down four days before the ceremony. Tonight, 50 years after Dr. King's march through Selma, Alabama, two artists have joined forces to create a song that speaks to the struggles that continue to this day. Here to perform Glory from the film “Selma.” Please welcome John Legend and Common.

こんな素晴らしい受賞スピーチをしていたなんて。。。今更ですが。。。



First, I would like to thank God, who lives in us all. Recently, John and I got to go to Selma and perform “Glory” on the same bridge that Dr. King and the people of the civil rights movement marched on 50 years ago. This bridge was once a landmark of a divided nation but now is a symbol for change. The spirit of this bridge transcends race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status. The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South Side of Chicago dreaming of a better life to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression, to the people in Hong Kong protesting for democracy. This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated by love for all human beings.

Thank you. Nina Simone said it’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live. We wrote this song for a film that was based on events that were 50 years ago but we say that Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than were under slavery in 1850. When people are marching with our song, we want to tell you we are with you, we see you, we love you, and march on. God bless you.

日本語での内容を知りたい方は以下のリンク先を確認ください。

コモン&ジョン・レジェンドの「グローリー」、アカデミー賞主題歌賞も獲得 「闘争は今まさに起こっている」
2015年02月23日 13時57分



ちょっと強引に話が飛ぶかもしれませんが、今の時代ということを考えると、オバマ大統領とミシェル夫人の功績は大きいなと改めて思いました。先週、ミシェル夫人は女性教育のプロモーションのためにロンドンを訪問したそうですが、そこで訪れたのがこちらの学校。

Michelle Obama tells London schoolgirls 'the world needs you'
US first lady says as a black, working-class woman she understands power of a good education as she addresses adoring pupils on UK visit

Sally Weale and Homa Khaleeli
Tuesday 16 June 2015 19.38 BST

The visit, which began formally with flags, flowers, a song from the school choir (Something Inside So Strong) and a dance performed to Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise, ended with cheers, hugs, tears and a warm invitation back to the US.
But it was her account of her own upbringing as a young black girl in a working-class neighbourhood on the south side of Chicago, and her insight into the challenges facing the girls growing up in Tower Hamlets, that struck a chord.

Tower Hamlets is one of the most deprived areas of the country, where much soul searching has recently taken place following the departure of three teenage girls to go to Syria.

Almost all of the pupils at Mulberry are Muslim and of Bangladeshi origin, with English as an additional language, three quarters are on free school meals and many face a climate of Islamophobia, yet their results outstrip national averages and 83% go to university. Obama did not shy from the difficult issues.


ミシェル夫人のスピーチは少女たちの励みになるような素晴らしいものでした。



June 16, 2015
Remarks by The First Lady at Let Girls Learn Event in London, UK
The Mulberry School

London, United Kingdom

We lived in a really small apartment. And my brother and I shared a bedroom that was divided in half by a wooden partition, giving us each our own little, tiny rooms that fit just a twin bed and a small desk. So we didn’t have much space, but we had a whole lot of love.
And, perhaps like a lot of you, we grew up surrounded by our extended family. I had grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins living just blocks away from my family’s apartment, and my great aunt and uncle actually lived one floor below in the same apartment house. So our home was often busy with family coming and going. And because our apartment was so small, there wasn’t much privacy. I can remember how hard it was to concentrate on my homework because someone was always talking or watching TV right next to you.
I often woke up at 4:00 in the morning when the house was finally quiet just so that I could concentrate on and finish my schoolwork. I remember just dreaming of having a space of my own, away from all the family obligations that were always popping up.

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But despite my efforts, there were still people in my life who told me that I was setting my sights too high; that a girl like me couldn’t get into an elite university. It was like these folks were trying to put me in a little box –- a box that fit their constrained expectations of me. And after a while, I started to wonder, well, maybe I was dreaming too big. What if these folks were right?

See, back then, I didn’t know what my future held. I didn’t know that I’d be accepted to a top university. I didn’t know that I’d go on to get a law degree and become an NGO director, and a hospital executive, and, eventually, First Lady of the United States. Those kinds of achievements seemed totally out of reach when I was your age. I was just a working-class kid from a good community with limited resources.

Neither of my parents and hardly anyone in my neighborhood went to university. And I wasn’t even sure if my family could afford the tuition. I didn’t have anyone to help me study for entrance exams. And the fact that I was a girl and that I was black -- well, that certainly didn’t help things, either. When I was growing up, there were very few black women at high levels in business, or politics, or science, on TV, so I didn’t have many professional role models to look up to.

And I have a feeling that my experience might feel similar or familiar to some of you. Maybe you look at the leaders in your businesses and laboratories and government and wonder whether there’s a place for someone like you. Maybe you’ve heard about the kinds of tutors and prep courses and other advantages that wealthier students can afford, and you wonder how you ever will compete. Maybe you feel like no one’s paying attention to you, like you’re lost in the shuffle at home or in this huge city, and you wonder whether it’s worth it to even aspire to be something great. And maybe you read the news and hear what folks are saying about your religion, and you wonder if people will ever see beyond your headscarf to who you really are -– instead of being blinded by the fears and misperceptions in their own minds.


フィナンシャルタイムズにも寄稿していたそうで、ホワイトハウスのサイトで読むことができます。

Op-Ed by First Lady Michelle Obama: "Throw the School Gates Open to Girls Everywhere"

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