#FreeSpeech

We write one of a kind speeches
The Oratory Laboratory, a speechwriting agency in New York, has teamed up with a crew of award-winning writers, photographers and performers committed to helping every American have their voice heard. We are helping people articulate whatever it is they want to share in simple, short and personal speeches. People are listening. Now it’s your turn and we are so honored to work with you. 

Because your voice is unique
Let's use it to tell your story. Answer the following questions any way you’d like. The more detail, the more personal, the smaller, the more unique to you they are... the better. This may be your one shot to have a world-class speechwriter at your disposal. What you speak about is up to you! 

Below are a couple sample speeches that were written in ten minutes or less at an open event in Union Square.

They are followed by a questionnaire for you. Thank you so much for participating! 


I’m Jewish. I’m African American. I’m bisexual. I’ll take the box you think you can put me in, I’ll break down its walls, make a banner from the leftovers and write my own campaign slogan. It will read: ’America, I get it.’

Because I do, I know what it’s like to be a brown woman in America and I can tell you the biggest problem we have is patience. People need to slow down and listen. I’ll say it again. I’m Jewish.  I’m African American. I’m bisexual.

That’s difficult for a lot of people to handle and to understand because I don’t fit in any of their preconceived notions of identity. A kid once said to me, after I told him my dad was white and my mom was black that black and white make grey, so how come I’m brown? If he’d stuck around long enough and was actually curious I could have given him an answer or least we could have had a conversation. I guess that’s wishful thinking in the school yard. The thing is people need to see things in absolutes because they’re scared of what they don’t understand.  

I know they doesn’t exist. I have a brother and sister and all my life I had to live with never being the best at anything or the even worst. The only thing I was was the youngest, which meant I had to follow them around to their sports meets and music lessons and make sure that I didn’t ruin anyone else’s plans. I was never in the spotlight.

So I became an actor. I chose the spotlight. I chose a profession that no one in my family had ever done. I chose something different because I know the value in difference. My job is to convince my audience that I really am the person they see on the stage, that the set I’m standing in exists, that the story I’m telling is true. Am I good? Come and see me and you can be the judge. But I assure you I’ve had rigorous training. Because I have spent my whole life trying to convince people that I am real too. I am Jewish. I am white. I am African American. And I am bisexual.

And I get it.

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People on the street call me Kevin X. I don’t know why - maybe the X means I’m not approved; I don’t qualify; I’m one of the people don’t get through to the next round. 

I’ve done my time for sure, I’ve been the loser - I’ve been in and out of prison and I've done things I’m not proud of. But I know that in God’s eyes we’re all worth a check mark, we all deserve love no matter what. 

I don’t have a job anymore but my work isn’t done. I spend my days helping people. The homeless, the drug addicts, the ex-offenders. You can put up walls and say you don’t need help but when someone reaches out and offers you a smile or a hug, those walls can come down just as quickly.  We are all human beings, we have different experiences but we all need love. And it doesn’t cost anything for me to give it. It can’t be packaged and taxed, but that just makes it priceless. 

My sister taught me what it means to help people when she sent me $7 every month when I was in prison. She couldn’t work because of her epilepsy but she always sent me that money. And every two years the one job she could do was work at the voting booths to make sure people could use their voice. When I became a counselor it was to be like her. To help people. 

My name isn’t Kevin X. It’s Kevin Fountain. We all have a name and deserve a place in this world. 


Questionnaire
for Speakers 

Please answer the following questions any way you’d like.
The more detail, the more personal, the smaller, the more unique to you they are, the better.

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