• Tanya Denning-Orman and Stan Grant at the launch of NITV Free-To-Air (NITV)Source: NITV
Over a million people have viewed Stan Grant’s powerful speech from last year’s IQ2 debate and Tanya Denning-Orman reflects on this moment.
Tanya Denning-Orman

26 Jan 2016 - 4:59 PM  UPDATED 27 Jan 2016 - 10:42 AM

Last October Stan Grant delivered an address that left a crowd of hundreds speechless. This week, those same words jumped out of computer screens and into the hands of ordinary Australians and polarised millions of lounge room commentators. When this happened, he forced an entire nation to confront a history that no one wants to talk about. 

He made you uncomfortable because he put a human face to the stats and figures that so commonly define First Nations peoples. Stan reminded you that we are people of law, lore, music, art and politics, and he inspired you to reimagine who we all are as Australians. 

On Sunday, commentators described the impact of this speech as a "Martin Luther King moment". Today, those of us who live it know that it's all come and gone before. Noel Pearson delivered a speech that commentators said would be spoken about for years. In the months that followed, there was silence. With just a few words Charlie Perkins could mobilise crowds to take to the streets. Is it that easy to forget?

Knowing this, tomorrow the challenge will be that this momentum, created by a Wiradjuri man, doesn’t drown in a sea of barbeques and beers that is ‘Australia Day’. Just as Stan Grant said, we are better than this.

This time let the power of the word inspire you to make a change beyond 'a thumbs up' on a post and clicking the share button. We can insist that schools teach Australia’s silenced history. We can hold our governments to account. We can be empowered by our shared story.

Never before have we been so connected – we can create a global movement through our fingertips. 

And I'll let you in on a little secret. It's not that hard to do.

Tanya Denning-Ormanis the Channel Manager for NITV. Follow her on Twitter @Tanyadenning.

This article was originally published at The Ethics Centre website. You can read the original here. Follow them on Twitter @ethics_centre.