To stand up for others, you must first stand up for yourself. To represent others, you must first represent yourself. To lift other people up, you must first lift yourself up. Why? Because you cannot give to others what you do not have within you.
Here is what the great Martin Luther King Jr. said about standing up for other people: He said,” I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. … We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without the hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.” Change comes when we work together. It is not going to be easy, but “we can do it when we do it together.”