Aspire to Inspire

We can't change the world unless we change.

– Biggie Smalls

Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes made history on January 9 when she opened session in the New York State Assembly as the first woman and the first African American to hold the title of Majority Leader.

The Majority Leader concluded her opening remarks with an inspirational quote from music mogul Christopher Wallace AKA Biggie Smalls, a Brooklyn native who rose to the top of his profession among hip hop artists.

"We can't change the world unless we change," said Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes, crediting Smalls at the opening of the Assembly's 2019-2020 session.

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The Majority Leader recognizes the value of inspiration and the wisdom imparted – the unsung as well as the famous, and the very young as well as the very old. Mothers and fathers who work two jobs to feed their families and keep them warm or college students working part-time jobs so can they afford to take classes at night to secure their futures have something valuable to say. You have something valuable to say.

Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes wants to share your wisdom, hope and humor each day as she directs the proceedings of The People's House.

In addition to inspiration, the Majority Leader wants to know all about Kidspiration. She wants to hear from students – elementary school, middle school, etc. who say many funny (and wise) things as they make their way through the world.

We all know the words of Biggie Smalls, Jim Kelly and Shirley Chisholm because of the success that they attained through their lives. Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes would love to share your words to help Motivate, Inspire and Kidspire. Share the sayings that move you to think and feel more deeply, smile more broadly and laugh more fully.

Pass along your inspiration – a famous quote, a children's quote, your own or one that you have always found inspiration from – and Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes may use it in the Assembly Chamber to help open a legislative session day.

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