Marilyn was all about equal rights – a woman well before her time.
In 1953, she asked the owner of the Mocambo (club) to allow Ella Fitzgerald to sing there. In return for taking this leap of faith, Marilyn promised that she would be there every night in the front row. At this time, Marilyn was coming into her own as a famous star and carried a lot of clout. Even thought he was head over heals about Marilyn (like everyone else), and after some convincing on her part, he said yes. Here are Ella’s own words about this incredible event:
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt…it was because of her that I played the Mocambo, a very popular nightclub in the ’50s. She personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her time. And she didn’t know it.” – Ella Fitzgerald
This is a wonderful story about how one person took her sphere of influence and did something good with it. She didn’t just use it for her own gain, she used it to aide someone else. What Marilyn did, really helped start the revolution towards equal rights for all men, regardless of color. And whether you realize it or not, we are all like Marilyn in one way, we are all ‘famous.’ We all have areas in our life that we are very influential. Think on this: What is your pull? Where are you considered a star?
Our challenge to you is this: what can you do today that will positively affect someone elses journey? It may never end up on the front page for the whole world to read, but it can end up on the front page of your life and thereby inspire the next generation to do likewise. We would love it if you would share your thoughts with us.
Blessings, K.R. Hughes and T.L. Burns