by Michael Garrett

ACB is essentially a microcosm of our society at large. It is likened to a huge melting pot whereby many people who come from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds come together to form a unified body working toward the same or similar goals. ACB has long been viewed as the organization where I can bring my issues; you can bring your issues; and someone else can bring his or her issues and we can all put them in the melting pot. After all the ingredients have simmered down into a delectable dish, we then have something to work with.

The question has been raised, however, which says, when the dish is done, can all of the ingredients be tasted? In other words, are all of the issues that were originally put into the pot given consideration? Is there room at ACB's table for a diverse leadership where representatives from many backgrounds can contribute their input to make the organization more successful? We believe there is. ACB is rich in talent, know-how and experience. But for some reason, these talented people are sitting on the sidelines when their participation and input could make a tremendous difference in the overall effectiveness of the organization.

Too often, we tend to let others do our bidding for us. We criticize our leaders when things don't go our way and we scoff at those who dare to take risks and stand up for what they believe in. But nobody can articulate better than you what you believe in; nobody can tell my story like I can. Now don't be mistaken, this is not a call for complaining, but a challenge for contribution. For several years, those in leadership have stated that ACB stands at the crossroads. This statement seems even more apparent with the important issues confronting us as blind and visually impaired individuals in the U.S. and the upcoming changes in ACB management. It begs for people from diverse backgrounds with bold, fresh new ideas and who are eager and willing to pitch in and go to work for the organization.

ACB leadership supports this position. To that end, the board of directors, in a joint effort with the multicultural affairs committee, will host a reception at the national convention in Las Vegas. The event, called "Diversity in Leadership," is to be held in the president's suite at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 4. Come! Meet the board members. Find out how they became a part of the ACB leadership team. Explore ways you can contribute your talents and ideas.

ACB is a great organization, but only because of the people who comprise it. However, if we are to achieve our ultimate greatness, it's going to take all of us sitting at the table putting our time, talents and efforts into the melting pot.

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