Some persons have the ability to inspire people by the words they utter. A few of the speeches that influenced me are listed below. The one by Nelson Mandela is especially dear to me, as I witnessed it live during the 46664 concert in George, South Africa. At that time I was staying in SA for my master’s thesis research on an HIV prevention program.

Nelson Mandela, address on tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic, March 19th 2005

Denzel Washington, Penn’s 2011 Commencement address, May 16th 2011