Monthly Archives: June 2012

Having the Courage to See What is Right

Seeing history’s examples of those who stand up and speak out for freedom.

Park Street Church
“In most troublesome situations, people do know, in the back of their minds, that acknowledging reality means they’ll have to change something that many of us fear, and even resist.” – Roger Connors, Tom Smith, and Craig Hickman[1]

One of the first landmarks my wife and I visited upon arriving to Boston was the Park Street Church, which stands on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail (see ‘A Historic Start’ and ‘History’s Innovation from Creative Minds’). Park Street Church is recognized for the various roles the site played in supporting the anti-slavery movement including William Lloyd Garrison’s first anti-slavery speech given on July 4, 1829. [2] This early commitment to addressing the scourge of slavery in the United States of America reminds me of the importance of having the courage to see what is going on in the world around us and standing up for what is right.

Jason Freeman is the founder of Work of Start.


1. Connors, Roger, Tom Smith, and Craig R. Hickman. The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability. Rev. ed. (New York: Portfolio, 2010), 72.
2. Acquired from City of Boston Website – CityofBoston.gov