Aibileen and Minny are maids in the movie The Help. They live in Jackson, Mississippi – as in Johnny Cash and June Carter’s duet of the same name – in the 1960s. With segregation enshrined by law, the women raise all the white kids as defacto mothers, while the birth mothers, although raised by the same maids, treat them largely with disdain and, pretty much like slaves.
A courageous young white woman, Skeeter, decides to tell the stories of The Help. She’s not the only courageous one of course. Aibileen, Minny and all the other maids who collaborate show exceptional courage against their own immediate interests to tell their stories. Stories of love, hate, of raising numerous kids, of missing out on their own children’s upbringing and of not being able to use the toilets in the house, ‘cos they had the wrong skin colour.
I read an article today about simplicity in leadership. It struck a chord with me, so I’ll keep this blog short and simple.
Being courageous requires doing the right thing, often against self interest and immediate gain or acceptance. Authenticity. What will you do today that is courageous?
ps great cars and music in the movie too