Lupita Nyong’o Gives Emotional Speech at Women’s Conference
Lupita Captivates at Massachusetts Conference for Women
Lupita Nyong’o was one of the keynote speakers at the Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston recently. The Massachusetts Conference for Women provides connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of women each year. The 2014 Conference was held December 4, 2014 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The Featured speaker was Hilary Clinton. There were over 100 accomplished speakers in total. Lupita Nyong’o and Executive, Ann Fudge were among the keynote speakers. Nyong’o spoke elegantly about her path to acting and her childhood dreams.
Lupita became teary noting, “My mommy is here. My number one cheerleader,” She spoke of growing up in Kenya and dreaming of a path to success that was unfamiliar.
“What I wanted more than anything was to make believe for a living,” “When I watched The Color Purple and watched Oprah and Whoopi Goldberg, a seed was planted in my heart to becoming an actor, but I dared not water it in public.”
Lupita further explained that acting was not considered a viable course of study during her youth.
“Nobody I knew around me was acting for a living. In school, it wasn’t one of the professions you learned about,” said Nyong’o. “It didn’t help that we only had one TV station and it aired very boring programming as a child.”
It was not until she arrived at Yale School of Drama that Nyong’o embraced her dreams. She continued in stressing the power of following your dreams.
“We continue to fight for equality, for justice, for freedom, for compassion and we achieve the most when we are awakened and responsive to the desires of our individual hearts,” said Nyong’o, who can next be seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “It is then we can be part of a whole and share our tools to fulfill the bigger picture of a better tomorrow.”