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I recently watched something I haven’t seen in over a decade. I came across Sundance Channel’s Iconoclast series, and re-watched the episode with Maya Angelou and Dave Chappelle. They were discussing her friendship with both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X and how they were on opposite sides when it came to the Civil Rights Movement until, near the end of Malcolm X’s life, they both deviated (in a way) from their opinions. She said “That is the wonderful thing about the icon. You continue to grow, and you develop courage, the most important of all the virtues because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue, consistently. If you’ve seen another truth and had enough courage to change your way of thinking and say, ‘Hey everybody, you know what I said last week? I don’t believe that anymore” (Angelou, 2006). I love that. This same sentiment can go further than just an icon, a celebrity, a politician, but hold meaning for everyone. For any of us to let go of pride, and in some circumstance, ignorance, and be brave enough to admit that we were wrong takes courage, so be brave. Be brave.