"My achievements in writing have
given me rare opportunities to speak
out on topics which touch on the
debates of this time and times past.
I have addresses audiences of all
ages, colors, political and religious
orientation. And I have ceaselessly
urged that citizens become more
involved in the life of their country
because I believe this process of
engagement leads to greater enrich-
In the many years of struggle to
make my living as a writer, I kept
reminding myself that professional
success would be empty without
success as a person.
It is a goal I have pursued for a long
time and speaking out has moved
me closer to it.
Though the selection of speeches on
this page were all written years ago,
and meant to be spoken at that time,
I hope that making them available
here will inspire the readers to take
action on their own."
Michael Blake, 2012