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Fun Facts

  • The first Speak Life day occurred in 2006, two years prior to the incorporation of the Speak Life Foundation in January 2008.
  • The original concept for the Speak Life Foundation began as one day for students to be motivated by speakers of their communities and schools.
  • Speak Life’s motto is that words should be used to inspire and encourage people worldwide.
  • The Speak Life Foundation was incorporated in January of 2008.
  • The Speak Life Foundation has impacted over 15,000 students in over 25 schools and community organizations in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
  • Benjamin E. Mays High School of Atlanta, Georgia, a participating Speak Life school, is the alma mater of Speak Life founder and chairman, Mia Thornton.
  • Vision boards created during Speak Life’s “Envision Your Future” program have been posted in the hallways and classrooms of many of the participating schools.
  • Former Speak Life students have become interns for the organization after completing the program.
  • The words Speak Life are derived from a proverb that says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
  • The lips on the logo are the founder’s (Mia Thornton) lips! She applied lipstick, kissed a sheet of paper, and scanned them for her logo because she “Speaks Life.”