Our very own Edward James III was the keynote speaker at the 19th annual MLK Day Breakfast in Sarasota this past week.

Delivering a speech entitled “Writing Our Own Narrative,” Edward spoke eloquently and passionately about the plight of today’s Black youth, and the importance of enterprise, civic engagement and community support to stem the tide of violence and self-destruction in our communities.

Enjoy Ed’s speech, and be sure to hit him up on Twitter at @edwardelliot with any comments or reactions.

What did you think of Edward’s speech?

How can we get our young people to be more sociopolitically engaged?

Sound off below!